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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer 'wants to axe' three Man United players to raise cash for summer transfers

GOSSIP & RUMOURS By Mirror | June 4th 2020
Europa League - Group L - Partizan Belgrade v Manchester United - Partizan Stadium, Belgrade, Serbia - October 24, 2019 Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer celebrates with Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford after the match [REUTERS/Marko Djurica]

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is reportedly ready to sell the on-loan trio of Alexis Sanchez, Chris Smalling and Marcos Rojo this summer.

Solskjaer has already started looking ahead to next season, and allegedly does not see any of the three players mentioned as part of his long-term plans.

He is aware that he will need to sell before he can buy, particularly given the current precarious financial situation as a result of the effects of the coronavirus crisis.

And according to the Evening Standard the club are anticipating finding it difficult to find a buyer for any of the players mentioned for that very reason.

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer applauds after the final whistle in the English Premier League soccer match against Everton at Goodison Park, Liverpool, England, Sunday April 21, 2019. (Martin Rickett/PA via AP)

Sanchez is likely the one of the three that United would most like to move on given his astronomical £450,000-a-week wages.

The 31-year-old has had a mixed time in his loan spell at Inter Milan. He suffered an injury in October which ruled him out until the new year, and since then he has created just one assist in eleven games and failed to score.

It is not yet clear whether Inter are interested in bringing him in permanently, but the Chilean forward would likely have to take a huge pay cut if he is interested in remaining in Italy.

Chris Smalling, meanwhile, has been a big success during his time at Roma, making 21 appearances in Serie A and helping his side to fifth place, and it is likely that they would be keen on keeping him if United are willing to sell him for a reasonable price.

Rojo has been on loan at Argentinean club Estudiantes since January but made just one appearance before football was suspended, and given his age and poor injury record it seems unlikely that any side would be happy to splash out big money on him.


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