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Sam Allardyce Exclusive: Solskjaer Could Still Have Been At United

Sam Allardyce Exclusive: Solskjaer Could Still Have Been At United

Sam Allardyce believes that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would still be manager of Manchester United, had the club signed Erling Haaland in the summer. The Red Devils were active in the last transfer window, bringing in Cristiano Ronaldo from Juventus and Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund to boost their attacking options. Fellow BVB forward Haaland stayed put, however, and United's new acquisitions were not enough to prevent Solskjaer from being replaced after a poor start to the season. Allardyce feels the club made a mistake not signing Haaland – and is convinced the striker will make a big-money move at the end of this campaign.


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Speaking exclusively to Genting, he said: “You’re going to see the world's biggest transfer in the summer, financially, with Haaland. 

“We talk about the fact that Neymar was the biggest transfer. This one will go way above that in terms of the overall package – the agent’s fee, the player’s salary and the transfer fee will be massive. 

“Even though the transfer might not be that big, the overall package [will] – this lad is the youngest and one of the world's best centre-forwards at the moment.

“And Manchester United, I still think that, had they secured him, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would still be in the job. 

“And why Manchester United decided to let him go has been mind-boggling for me ever since it happened. And Ole had worked with him.

“Allegedly, it came down to finance, then that is the biggest mistake that Manchester United – not Ole – made. I think Ole would still be in a job if he actually signed him. 

“Whoever gets him is going to be getting a huge boost to the team. When you go to 30 goals – touch wood, he stays injury-free – you've got 30 goals every season for seven or eight years, if you keep him. 

“You’re never really going to get into trouble, but the rest of the team have to live up to his expectation as well, because he’ll want to win things.”

United Still In The Running For Haaland

Allardyce feels all is not lost for United in their pursuit of the 21-year-old, though, citing the financial limitations of Real Madrid and Barcelona as an opportunity for the Red Devils to finally land their man.

“I think the best chance Manchester United have is based on the whole financial package, simply because Real Madrid and Barcelona haven’t got enough in the coffers at the moment,” he explained.

“They have never been as skint as they are now.”




United Should Give Lindard A Chance

One United player Allardyce claims should be granted more of a chance at Old Trafford is Jesse Lingard.

The 29-year-old made 16 Premier League appearances on loan at West Ham last season, scoring nine goals and recording four assists.

However, he has played less than 90 minutes of league football this term since returning – and Allardyce thinks the attacking midfielder should have moved away permanently.

“Jesse Lingard has shown that what everybody was saying about him was nonsense, when he went to West Ham,” the former Irons’ boss said. 

“All the criticism he got at Man United, and for whatever reason, or whatever grudge Ole had against him, he certainly proved him wrong. He was a top-quality player at West Ham. 

“Sadly, he stayed at Manchester United for this season, but has rarely featured. The ideal place for him for next season is West Ham, because he loved it there. 

“If not West Ham, I think many clubs, on the basis of what he'd done at West Ham, will take him on a free transfer.

“I think it would be foolish for him to make a permanent move now, unless all he wants to do is just play football and worry about it after. He wants to be playing first-team football again. 

“He got himself back in the England squad when he was at West Ham – he was that good! 

“I have to say, nobody knows about this, that I spoke to him and his dad on several occasions last January to get him to come to West Brom. 

“I think he’d have actually come to West Brom if Moyesy (David Moyes) hadn't come in at the last minute – the devil – and pinched him off of me.

“I was trying to sort the deal out with Man United. Nobody else seemed to be coming in for him, and then Moyesy comes in at the last minute. 

“Rightly so, I had no chance. He went to West Ham and did an absolutely fantastic job.”

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