Solskjaer helped in completing Man Utd signing with these key comments

Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs has revealed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer consulted him over the purchase of Daniel James.

The young Welshman was bought for a reported £15m fee from Swansea and was the former Molde manager’s first signing.

James arrived at Old Trafford as a relative unknown but his performances over pre-season were impressive with fans quickly warming up to him.

To make matters even better, the pacy winger scored on his debut against Chelsea after he made the most of his cameo appearance.

Even against Wolves in his full debut, James’ high work-rate endeared him to fans even if he didn’t enjoy the same success as he did in his previous match.

According to Manchester Evening News, Giggs said: “Yeah, Ole asked me about him. I just told him that he’s a player with plenty of potential, obviously really quick.

“A great lad, someone who you want in the dressing room, great character. So yeah, especially for the money it was a no brainer really because he is a big talent, and since Christmas he’s just got better and better and better.

“I watched him a lot for Swansea last year and he could rip nearly every full-back in that division apart. So he’s just got better and better over the last six or seven months.

“From a standing start he is quick and he will beat anyone. It’s just that like any other young winger, the finishing touches, that final ball, scoring more goals, which he will get better at.”

It’s probably safe to say James is the most raw talent of the three signings Solskjaer made with Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire seamlessly slotting into the starting XI.

The former Swansea man appears to need more time than his new teammates to adjust and develop before he can truly take the Premier League by storm.

In fairness to him, he’s also the only one of the three signings who wasn’t a regular Premier League performer before and so he was always going to need time to adjust to a higher level.

Stats prove just how incredible Man United’s new signing has been

Manchester United star Aaron Wan-Bissaka has already proven just how good he is with stats showing how well he’s performed over just two games.

The young Englishman arrived as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s second signing after negotiations with Crystal Palace finally concluded positively.

Reports claim Wan-Bissaka was purchased for £50m but if early signs are a measure of what’s to come, that fee will quickly turn into a bargain.

The tenacious defender has already strengthened United’s right-back position tremendously after supporters suffered with Ashley Young.

Wan-Bissaka was part of a defence that impressively kept out Chelsea in the first match and only conceded one goal to Wolves which was Ruben Neves’ unstoppable effort.

The only criticism Wan-Bissaka faces is his output going forwards and even that isn’t necessarily bad or lacking.

The truth is the former Crystal Palace man is often capable in the final third but tends to be hesitant to go forwards, perhaps from being used to being in a defensive minded team.

He has plenty of time to improve in that respect but it could be argued Manchester United don’t really need someone too attack-minded there after suffering in the past.

Either way, there’s no doubt that Wan-Bissaka can become the complete right-back and his early praise has certainly been earned.

Gary Neville reveals when he thinks Man United will challenge for the league

Former Manchester United captain Gary Neville has urged his boyhood club to take advantage of any slips in quality from rivals Manchester City and Liverpool.

The now pundit believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s youthful team can grow together successfully and potentially be ready to challenge in two years time if surrounding circumstances change to their advantage.

United’s starting XI seem to be of top four quality but in terms of squad depth, there doesn’t seem to be much quality with the match against Wolves evidence of that.

Solskjaer’s men were drawing 1-1 with the stubborn home side but he could only call upon Juan Mata, Andreas Pereira and Mason Greenwood- none of whom are significant game changers.

It’s clear the Red Devils are in transition however, with legendary Norwegian still working on shaping the squad in his image.

According to Sky Sports, Neville said: “I like this team a lot more. I look at the team and they all want to be at the club – perhaps Paul Pogba has aspirations to leave the club and play elsewhere.

“But he’s settled down. It’s a team that’s got energy and youth – I like it. It’s not slow or boring. They are having a go.

“It needs two or three senior additions that will make them really good but if that team can grow together.

“They are not going to take over City in the next 12-18 months but when Pep Guardiola leaves City and if Liverpool don’t recruit as well as they have done, then Manchester United must be ready to pounce.

“And if this develops, they’ve got a big chance of doing something in two years’ time.”

If backed financially and given time, there are signs Solskjaer will get it all right and lead Manchester United to glory.

Although it’s early days, all three of the former Molde man’s signings have already appeared to be solid pieces of business.

United have bought big in the past with players failing to live up to their reputations or price-tags.

However, under Solskjaer they’ve appeared to at least have addressed some weaknesses whilst having the new players integrate quickly and performing well.

Gary Neville reveals who he thinks will be Man United’s player of the season

Manchester United legend Gary Neville has backed Paul Pogba to be the club’s player of the season in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer first full campaign as manager.

The dazzling Frenchman was linked and is actually still linked with a potential move away to Real Madrid despite it appearing as though he will remain at Old Trafford.

Pogba started the season fantastically by assisting twice during United’s 4-0 demolition of Chelsea but he subsequently missed a penalty against Wolves that costed his side the win.

Critics argued it was clear evidence of his inconsistencies but it’s safe to say the skill he pulled off to win the penalty in the first place was sensational.

Pogba is the Red Devils only real, top quality midfielder and as such a lot relies on him performing well throughout the season.

According to Manchester Evening News, Neville said: “I think he could be the player of the year. That sounds like a bold statement.

“He has the potential to be the best player in this league. He has the biggest personality in this league.

“Manchester United’s season rests a lot on him depending on how well he plays. I think he could be the player of the year, he is the one to watch for me.

“A lot of success for United depends on him and whether he can reach his real high standard.”

Scott McTominay has been a good partner alongside Pogba throughout pre-season but early suggestions are Manchester United’s engine room isn’t strong enough.

Solskjaer has opted to play a 4-2-3-1 formation which relies heavily on the two central-midfielders being top quality players.

Against Wolves, United’s attacking-midfield seemed to be lacking in particular with Jesse Lingard incurring the wrath of the fans post-match so perhaps the legendary Norwegian should considering investing there in the winter.

Gary Neville absolutely furious with Paul Pogba and unleashes on him

Manchester United legend Gary Neville has ripped into the players, particularly Paul Pogba, after their failure to beat Wolves despite winning a penalty.

The sensational Frenchman was involved in a superb piece of play that saw him win the penalty in the first place but fans were quickly confused as to why Marcus Rashford wasn’t the one taking the shot.

After all, the young Englishman has a fantastic record from the penalty spot whereas Pogba’s has been rather mixed of late.

Against Chelsea Rashford took the penalty superbly well and United went on their way to thrash their opponents 4-0.

Had the penalty been converted against Wolves as well, perhaps Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men would’ve won comfortably once again.

Neville’s confusion over the inconsistency isn’t a surprise given how the penalty effectively costed Manchester United the match.

However, the fixture should be put into context with it being a difficult away match against a well organised defensive team.

Fans are more furious with the missed opportunities than the result itself which is why there’s a general feeling that United lost the match rather than drew it.

Up next is an uncertain, wounded Crystal Palace side which should see Solskjaer’s men pick up all three points.

Solskjaer provides transfer update on Alexis Sanchez’s future

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has provided an update on the ongoing Alexis Sanchez transfer saga amidst reports of a potential move to Inter Milan.

The last news is that the Italian giants were hoping to sign the versatile attacker initially on loan with an option to purchase him later.

If reports are true, United would be paying some of his wages in order to finally offload him, having struggled to do so all summer.

Sanchez was not involved in the match-day squad as Solskjaer’s men failed to beat Wolves in a fixture that ended at 1-1.

With the Red Devils looking awfully short of options in an attacking sense, there is the question of whether it’s wise to sell the experienced Chilean just yet.

Solskjaer said something similar when Romelu Lukaku’s own drama was happening and so it’s likely Sanchez will leave Old Trafford before the summer is over.

The legendary Norwegian previously spoke of his wish to have only committed and driven players onboard and so it makes sense in a way to move on the former Arsenal man.

Sanchez has endured a turbulent time since arriving at Old Trafford so perhaps he can rediscover his best form elsewhere.

‘What does Lingard offer?’- Man United fans furious after Wolves draw

Manchester United fans were clearly unhappy with Jesse Lingard‘s input, or rather the lack of it during his side’s 1-1 draw with Wolves.

The versatile attacker was the least impressive out of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s front four with even Daniel James playing better.

Lingard was allowed to feature in his preferred position as an attacking-midfielder but failed to provide any evidence that he’s a capable playmaker.

It’s clear Solskjaer has been selecting the academy product due to his pace and his work-rate in terms of pressing but United needed more against a stubborn and deep Wolves defence.

Although fans are currently on his case, when in form Lingard is a useful player but it was clear even in pre-season that something isn’t quite right with him just yet.

It could be that Solskjaer feels he has a lack of attacking options and so is almost forced to play Lingard but if that’s the case then Manchester United need to address that weakness quickly this winter.

With reports emerging of Alexis Sanchez potentially leaving for Inter Milan, it may actually make sense to hold onto him until such a player is brought in.

Either way, a draw against a difficult team away from home isn’t the worst result but it was certainly a missed opportunity to make an early statement.