Solskjaer won’t strengthen Man Utd defence in order to Jadon Sancho
OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER is ready to hold off splashing out £80million on an inside back this mid year.
The Man United boss-in-waiting wants give his defenders a chance to prove themselves before tending to the issue territories.
Solskjaer’s priority ahead of the summer is a right-winger, with SunSport revealing last month interest in England youth Jadon Sancho at Borussia Dortmund.
United are also monitoring Juventus’ Douglas Costa and are long-term admirers of Inter Milan wide man Ivan Perisic, who routinely plays on the left flank but is conformable on the two wings.
At the back, United have Chris Smalling, Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly, with Marcos Rojo coming back from damage.
Solskjaer’s instant impact since taking over in December has seen an upturn in form – and hope the Norwegian’s coaching could spare them from breaking the world-record for a protector in the late spring.
Kalidou Koulibaly has been watched regularly at Napoli this season and would shatter the record of £75million paid by Liverpool for Virgil van Dijk.
England star Harry Maguire was also on United’s radar last summer after his stunning World Cup – but Leicester were resolved to keep their protector.
United dropped out of the top four on Sunday at the expense of Arsenal after they lost 2-0 to the Gunners at the Emirates.
Solskjaer’s side face Wolves away in the FA Cup on Saturday as they hope to book their place in the semi-finals.