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Manchester United unlikely to sign a new centre-back as Solskjaer is happy

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer happy with his centre-back options at Manchester United

According to Eurosport (h/t The Express), Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is happy with the options he has at his disposal for the centre-back slot.

While skipper Harry Maguire is a shoo-in when fit, the choice of his partner has often been up for debate. While Victor Lindelof has been the preferred choice, it is fair to say that it has been quite apparent that a new defender should be brought in.

However, that does not appear to be the case anymore. The United boss appears content with what he has and is willing to focus his attentions elsewhere.

Solskjaer happy with his options in defence

The Red Devils have four first-team defenders in Maguire, Lindelof, Eric Bailly and Axel Tuanzebe. The number rises to five if one includes Phil Jones.

Bailly penning a new deal also appears to have played a role in Solskjaer’s decision. The Ivory Coast international recently extended his stay at the club until 2024.

United are now keen to shift their focus to Jadon Sancho in order to strengthen their right-wing. An understandable decision given our paucity in that spot since Cristiano Ronaldo left in 2009.

Bailly recently penned fresh terms until 2024 (Jonathan Moscrop/Sportimage)

Adding Sancho would certainly amplify our attack. The Red Devils have been after him for a while and might finally have a shot at landing him this summer.

While signing Sancho is well and good, there is a sense of deja vu about us passing on signing a new centre-back. The Red Devils have needed a new defender last summer and it is difficult to see what has changed.

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Lindelof and Bailly, though good, are inconsistent, while Maguire’s lack of pace is a serious drawback. Tuanzebe is a good fourth-choice defender to have and Jones is perpetually injured.

Solskjaer is right in wanting to bring in a right-winger. He would be well advised to do it in conjunction with a defender.