Manchester United legend Wayne Rooney has this evening provided former teammate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with a piece of advice, regarding how the Red Devils’ boss should approach rebuilding his squad this summer.
Solskjaer turns things around
Former United hitman Solskjaer was the man chosen to replace Jose Mourinho on the bench at Old Trafford last December.
And the Norwegian subsequently went on to enjoy an absolutely superb start to life back in Manchester.
Solskjaer’s first 18 outings as United boss saw the club notch 14 wins, with the negative, defensive brand of football long-showcased by the Premier League giants under Mourinho having been replaced by a fast-paced, attractive style under the guidance of their new boss.
– 11 Games
– 10 Wins
– 25 Points (in 9 games – Mourinho 26 points all season)
– 28 goals scored
– Only 7 goals conceded
– 5 clean sheets
– Equal best start to Premier League management.
– Best EVER start for a United manager.
Ole Gunnar Solskjær
— Man Utd Empire (@Empire_Mu) February 9, 2019
Along with steering United firmly back into the hunt for a top-4 spot in the Premier League, Solskjaer also oversaw the club’s passage to the quarter-finals of the Champions League, courtesy of a historic 2nd-leg comeback at French champions PSG in March.
United’s form tapers off
The closing months of the campaign, however, proved a very different story.
The new-found spark in United’s performances under Solskjaer’s guidance quickly began to dissipate, eventually culminating in a 6-match winless run to end the season, a slip to 6th in the Premier League table, and some even calling for the Norwegian’s head.
Pogba vs a Man Utd fan. Wow. pic.twitter.com/PqKhBoGwBo
— Feroze Ali (@feroze17) May 12, 2019
To this point, the board at Old Trafford have stood by their boss, though the club’s decision-making on the transfer market this summer could well end up proving crucial to Solskjaer’s long-term prospects as Red Devils’ boss.
As such, speaking in an interview this evening, one of OGS’ former teammates, club legend Wayne Rooney, provided the ‘baby-faced assassin’ with some in-depth advice on recruitment strategy.
Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live, Rooney urged Solskjaer to avoid splashing out massive sums on win-now additions, instead calling for ‘five or six’ younger players, as part of a major rebuild of the club’s squad:
‘For Ole, the first thing he’s got to do is try and build the squad. I don’t think bringing one or two players in for over £100 million is going to really help with the squad and with the players who are there.’
‘I think he needs to try and look at maybe five or six players who have got potential to be top players. But you’re not spending £120-130m on these players.’
‘I think you’re spending £30-40m and then you’re trying to improve them, which will also give you longevity out of the players and allow you to build a squad around the five or six new players who come in. Plus a few of the players who are still there.’
‘You could bring three players in – you could bring in Ronaldo, Sergio Ramos and [Lionel] Messi, or Gareth Bale for instance. And it’s going to cost you £300-350m.’
‘You’d get maybe two years out of Ronaldo, a couple of years out of Ramos and then you’ve written that money off.’
‘The club needs to rebuild with younger players. But obviously they need to be good enough and allow the managers to improve them.’