Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should sign star that Sir Alex Ferguson REJECTED


Manchester United boss Solskjaer is looking at young players ahead of the transfer window, with the Red Devils manager eager to overhaul his squad.

Solskjaer is well aware his side need bolstering if they are to challenge the likes of Manchester City and Liverpool for major honours next season.

And youth is topping his list. Jadon Sancho, Declan Rice and Aaron Wan-Bissaka are all on the club’s radar, with United adamant they have the potential to become superstars.

However, the Red Devils lack leaders. They lack somebody capable of rousing the troops – and have done ever since Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s departure over a year ago.

So, over to Ribery.

The Bayern Munich star has confirmed he will leave the Allianz Arena on a free transfer this summer after a glittering 12 years of service.

“I don’t have a concrete plan for next season yet,” said the France international.

“I’m not sure where I can go to play football. I will keep playing but nothing is 100% certain yet.”

There is no denying that, at the age of 36, Ribery’s best days are well behind him.

However, United could do with some of the veteran’s tenacity as they plot a route back to the glory days.

Ibrahimovic was 34 when he signed for United nearly three years ago and had a big impact – on and off the pitch.

The Sweden international played a key role as they won the EFL Cup and Europa League titles under Jose Mourinho.

And, behind the scenes, he was a big presence.

Ibrahimovic was deemed a turbulent character prior to the move with some pundits theorising he would be too combative a presence.

The same would be said about Ribery, who has never shied away from controversy throughout his career.

But the Bayern star remains a good player – five goals and three assists from 23 games in a injury-marred season is impressive – and would instantly give United the leadership they lack.

He would not be first choice. If he was, that would speak volumes about Anthony Martial.

But United, certainly, could do a lot worse.

Ribery was rejected by Ferguson after the Scot watched him play for Marseille in a UEFA Cup clash with Bolton.

Politician Alistair Campbell was present at that game, saying: “Alex was watching Franck Ribery, the Marseilles winger.

“But decided by half-time that he was not good enough for United.”

That was a huge error by Ferguson. But Solskjaer could right the wrongs by luring Ribery to Old Trafford on a free transfer.


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