Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told two signings he should have made instead in summer

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was always destined to fail this season after his summer transfer business, according to former England winger Trevor Sinclair. Solskjaer’s United side suffered a humiliating 5-0 loss at home to rivals Liverpool on Sunday.

The Red Devils are already eight points behind leaders Chelsea after nine games of the Premier League season.

United spent big on Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane in the summer, and also brought Cristiano Ronaldo back to the club in a sensational late deal.

But Sinclair believes Solskjaer neglected two key areas that needed strengthening.

The pundit says United should have pushed through their interest in England right-back Kieran Trippier, who was keen on a move from Atletico Madrid.

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“I don’t want to put Aaron Wan-Bissaka down but when you play for Manchester United, you’ve got to be best in class,” Sinclair told talkSPORT.

“He’s a good defender, one-on-one situations, we all understand that.

“But you’ve got to have more than that playing for Manchester United.

“And going forward, his end product has not been good enough, his creativity has not been good enough.

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“If you look at him next to Manchester City’s full-backs – [Joao] Cancelo, and Kyle Walker – come on. I think that was an area that they needed [to strengthen].

“Kieran Trippier was rumoured, I think the price was a little bit hefty but if you want to compete that was one position that they certainly needed, and the holding midfield role.”

The holding midfielder Sinclair would have signed if he was in charge at United would have been Declan Rice.

Rice has earned rave reviews for his performances in an impressive West Ham side this season.

Sinclair believes there would be a different outlook on United if both Rice and Trippier had joined.

He added: “Declan Rice, I want him to stay at West Ham, but for me he is one of the best in the league at the moment.

“[N’Golo] Kante has got different strengths but working with the ball, his passing range.

“If they could have brought someone like Declan Rice in, and Kieran Trippier, I don’t think we’re having this conversation.

“So for me, the summer is what’s killing Ole at the moment. I actually anticipated this, this is what I expected.”

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