Man Utd boss Solskjaer to axe one player to land top target after Woodward message

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could sell Andreas Pereira to free up funds to land Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek. The Red Devils are ready for a busy summer window.

United boss Solskjaer has revealed they’re ready to exploit clubs and land their top transfer targets.

However, according to the Mirror, Solskjaer has been told by Ed Woodward he needs to sell before making room for signings.

The United boss is willing to axe Pereira to land Van de Beek, who is also a long-term target for Real Madrid.

Van de Beek, 24, impressed for Ajax this season. The midfielder netted 14 goals and chipped in with seven assists in all competitions before their season ended due to Covid-19.

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Pereira, meanwhile, signed a new four-year deal last summer.

However, the midfielder is unlikely to get game time under Solskjaer when Premier League action resumes.

Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay are both back fit, while Bruno Fernandes is guaranteed a starting spot in Solskjaer’s midfield.

It’s understood Newcastle, Everton and West Ham are all willing to move for Pereira if United decide to let the Brazilian go.

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Solskjaer has been vocal on the club’s transfer plans, insisting he will not by ‘rotten apples’.

The United boss wants his players to reflect his personality.

“I did feel that I was professional and did feel privileged to play for Manchester United,” Solskjaer said.

“I wouldn’t be able to look at myself if I didn’t know I’d given everything for my team-mates and my manager.

“That’s what I also now look for in players that we sign or we bring up from the youth team. You have to have a good personality and that you are professional because one rotten apple in the basket will make the others rotten.

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“So for me it’s about building a team that will reflect me and my coaching staff’s personalities and views. Of course there are standards because we want to win. We are in the business to win.

“But the first step to be a Manchester United player and person, you have to be humble enough to know you always have to work hard. Never give in and always do your best, 100 per cent effort is required every day and don’t think you are better than you are.

“You still have to play with that confidence at the same time. It’s a fine balance but that is what is going to make the difference when we want to get to the championship again that we want to win.”

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