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2 Man Utd players that are holding Solskjaer back that need to leave this summer

Man Utd Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Who does Solskjaer need to get rid of if Manchester United want to challenge for top four next season?

What two Red Devils are holding back Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in his fight for a top-four spot next season?

Manchester United are supposedly undergoing a rebuild, according to their beloved manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. However, their only acquisition so far has been a confirmed young Welshman from Swansea; Daniel James.

In the 2018/19 campaign, Manchester United finished at an unimpressive sixth position in the Premier League standings. Scoring the second lowest amount of goals in the top six, with 65, above Chelsea who had 63. However, United did concede the most amount goals in the top six, at a massive 54 goals. For context, Man City conceded 23 and Liverpool conceded 22.

It’s clear that both creating and stopping goals has been an ongoing issue for Manchester United, so who’s to blame?

Romelu Lukaku

Romelu Lukaku has had two seasons at Old Trafford, costing them upwards of £80million to Everton. With regards to immaturity and room for development for younger forwards such as Rashford and Greenwood. It is clear that a striker who can provide more than Lukaku can is needed, whilst the youngsters have time to grow and compete for the number 9 spot.

Phil Jones

In the eyes of most Manchester United fans, Phil Jones as the last choice centre-back. Unfortunately for them, Manchester United seem to disagree. By bringing in a solid, world-class centre-back to partner up with the fan favourite Victor Lindelof, it allows the likes of Chris Smalling and Eric Bailly to feature as rotation defenders. Manchester United have far too many centre-backs to hold on to each one if pursuits for a newcomer go to plan.

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