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Solskjaer: Man Utd need a new Bryan Robson to rule in midfield

By Ben Green

Published: 17:21, 15 July 2019

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes his midfield could thrive with a Bryan Robson-style player running the show.

The Red Devils have been credited with an interest in a number of midfield players having seen Ander Herrera exit for PSG, while Paul Pogba’s future appears destined away from Old Trafford.

Could Solskjaer find the next Robson? Five things to know…

  • Robson famously played for United for over a decade between 1981 and 1994, winning two league titles and three FA Cups.
  • Solskjaer has been eager to bolster his midfield armoury with Herrera having exited the club last month.
  • Man Utd have been linked with moves for both Sean Longstaff and Bruno Fernandes.
  • Earlier this month Solskjaer revealed the club are “working on” two new transfers.
  • The Norwegian believes Man Utd would benefit substantially with a player in the mould Robson playing in his side.

Marouane Fellaini also departed for Shandong Luneng in January, leaving Solskjaer’s central midfield rather threadbare, but the Norwegian appears determined to add significant firepower to the middle of the park.

And he has now cited the leadership qualities of former England and Man Utd captain Robson as key traits he is looking for in his next acquisition.

“We are on the way to building a new squad,” Solskjaer said. “We’ve got new staff in, coaching staff.

“I believe so much in this club and this project. To be manager of this club is fantastic. I never had the honour of playing with Robbo but we need a player like him in the team.”

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“We’re waiting for the young ones to come through”

Despite the wheels falling off in spectacular fashion during the latter stages of last season, Solskjaer believes he is steering the club back in the right direction, and he wants to do so while giving the club’s younger players a platform to flourish.

“I’m following some great managers,” Solskjaer said. “Sir Alex was the best and I’m trying to take the best from him and put my own personality on the job.

“We’ve got such a big fanbase and such a history that I feel that it is a fantastic opportunity for me. We’re waiting for the young ones to come through because we’ve got so many exciting players and I’m sure we’ll see the best of them in the years to come.

“There are some experienced ones as well that still have a few years left in them. We can back to the level we were, definitely.

“I come in at 7 a.m. thinking I’m the first one and Michael [Carrick] and Kieran [McKenna] are already there planning the sessions. I know this club is going places because of the people we have here.”