Solskjaer tells Woodward Man Utd’s missing ingredient ahead of transfer window

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has told Ed Woodward what he needs as the transfer window prepares to reopen in January.

Manchester United emerged 4-1 winners over Istanbul Basaksehir in the Champions League on Tuesday night.

It puts the Red Devils in a healthy position in their group, which also includes Paris St-Germain and RB Leipzig.

And amid a season where United's Premier League campaign has not got off to a good start, makes their European form even more important.

A turbulent summer full of rumours ultimately amounted to nothing in the transfer window.

The club were desperate to sign Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund with Solskjaer keen on signing a right-winger.

And he made the same request after the match against Istanbul Basaksehir, telling United's transfer chief Woodward exactly what he wants.

When asked if he wanted to move away from two holding midfielders, he said: "It’s too easy to say that.

“You need to look at the balance of the team. Sometimes, if you’ve got wingers really wide, that type of natural wide man, it’s maybe easier to play the traditional 4-3-3.

“We don’t really have that kind of winger.”

Solskjaer has always advocated playing attacking football at Old Trafford but has felt restricted by the lack of defensive cover when he does so.

It has led to Fred and Scott McTominay becoming pivotal to his team – with Bruno Fernandes the other midfielder, who is undroppable.

For the likes of Donny van de Beek and Paul Pogba, it leaves them on the sidelines – particularly the latter who has been linked with a move away.

Meanwhile, Rio Ferdinand has told his former club to hurry up and hire a director of football to solve their transfer problems.

Ferdinand said: “I think that’s the way the game has gone and I think these are the guys that make all the big decisions at the clubs.

“It’s something Ed Woodward has mooted as been speaking about and it’s never really materialised for whatever reason.

“I think recruitment has probably been an issue at the club for a number of years now. Bringing in the right players, the right profile that fit the club going forward.

“And if a manager goes the person in that position normally is the person that makes sure things don’t change dramatically when a manager goes out the door.

“There’s an ethos, a philosophy behind the scenes so a manager can seamlessly come in and that’s not been the case.”

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