Ole: Agent no bar­rier to Haa­land move

Manchester Evening News - - FRONT PAGE - By CHAR­LOTTE DUNCKER char­[email protected] @CharDuncke­r

OLE Gun­nar Sol­sk­jaer has hinted United would not be put off a po­ten­tial move for Er­ling Haa­land be­cause Mino Raiola is the player’s agent.

The Red Bull Salzburg for­ward is a tar­get for United head­ing into the Jan­uary trans­fer win­dow but the club have had dif­fi­culty when deal­ing with Raiola be­fore. The 52-year-old rep­re­sented Hen­rikh Mkhitaryan dur­ing his spell at Old Traf­ford and they’ve had prob­lems with the Ital­ian with re­gards to Paul Pogba.

How­ever, de­spite re­cent is­sues, Raiola has said the mid­fielder wants to stay at United to win tro­phies and Sol­sk­jaer sug­gested ear­lier in the day that the su­per agent would have no im­pact on the Reds’ de­ci­sion to sign one of his clients.

“Play­ers can choose their own rep­re­sen­ta­tives. I can just use my­self as an ex­am­ple,” Sol­sk­jaer said. “I had prob­a­bly my best friend to look af­ter me. It is so im­por­tant that ev­ery player has the com­plete 100 per cent trust in who­ever rep­re­sents them.

“Be­cause they work for the player. The player is in charge. I don’t have any is­sues in who­ever rep­re­sents the play­ers be­cause I don’t re­ally speak to them, I have got noth­ing to do with the money.”

There might be some loans. We have some who would ben­e­fit from play­ing more

Ole Gun­nar Sol­sk­jaer

UNITED may look to loan out some of their play­ers in the Jan­uary trans­fer win­dow, Ole Gun­nar Sol­sk­jaer has con­firmed.

The Nor­we­gian has given play­ing min­utes to plenty of young­sters this sea­son with play­ers such as Bran­don Williams, James Garner, Ma­son Green­wood and Tahith Chong and, with other play­ers com­ing back from in­jury in the new year, play­ing time could start to di­min­ish.

But while Sol­sk­jaer is open to the pos­si­bil­ity of send­ing some of the young­sters out on loan for the se­cond part of the sea­son, he is also con­scious about leav­ing his first team squad short.

“There might be some loan moves be­cause we do have some who would ben­e­fit from play­ing more,” Sol­sk­jaer said.

“Then again, there are so many games, we’ve been quite good at jug­gling and there will al­ways be in­juries and we have to make sure we’re not left light.

“I’d rather have a player or two too many and bal­ance that. We have some young­sters who we know in two years will be bril­liant so we will make a de­ci­sion that we be­lieve will be right in Jan­uary.”

Bring­ing through academy play­ers is some­thing Sol­sk­jaer re­mains com­mit­ted to and this week marked a year since the Nor­we­gian took the job and he spoke about what he had learned in his year in charge at Old Traf­ford.

“It’s so hard to say what’s the one thing, be­cause you’re learn­ing all time, about the play­ers,” he said. “I think for me it is stick to your prin­ci­ples, stick to your val­ues, do it your own way, the way you al­ways have – just be your­self.

“I have to be my­self. If that means shout­ing at the play­ers and they don’t like it, so be it.

“If it means be­ing gen­tle with them when maybe oth­ers think I should have been hard...I’ve just got to be me. With the staff I have got I can be me be­cause they’re fan­tas­tic and I’m just so pleased and priv­i­leged to have the staff I have.

“I am look­ing for­ward to ses­sions and com­ing in ev­ery day – I don’t even mind talk­ing to you lot. I’m not go­ing to play any mind games, just be me.”

Mean­while, Sol­sk­jaer has warned Reds fans that their side’s up and down form will con­tinue for the im­me­di­ate fu­ture.

The Nor­we­gian be­lieves that youth in his cur­rent squad will mean in­con­sis­tent re­sults will keep crop­ping up. United have dropped points against Southamp­ton, Crys­tal Palace, West Ham, New­cas­tle and Bournemout­h among oth­ers this sea­son.

“It’ll take time as ev­ery­thing will do in foot­ball,” Sol­sk­jaer told Sky Sports.

“We’re such a young team that we’re still go­ing to see some in­con­sis­tency but you’re not go­ing to see us sur­ren­der – you’re not go­ing to see that. “It’s been a roller­coaster,” he said on his 12 months in the job.

“But it’s been fan­tas­tic. It’s been a year that maybe I didn’t think was go­ing to come but deep down in the back of my mind, I al­ways dreamt about this job.”

Ma­son Green­wood has been given plenty of min­utes in the first team this sea­son

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