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Whoever performs will be part of the team- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Written by: Tushaar Sachdeva

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The Red Devils are rumoured to have come to have agreed on a £80m bid for Harry Maguire.

Manchester United's Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made it clear to the current batch of central defenders that they have to perform well or face being sold out as the Harry Maguire transfer speed up. Advanced negotiations are underway to land the Leicester City centre back for a deal around £80m.

At this moment, there are six centre backs at United, which are Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Eric Bailly, Marcos Rojo, Victor Lindelof and academy graduate Axel Tuanzebe. Smalling and Jones have already signed new and improved contracts while Lindelof just reassured his commitment at the club.

So if Maguire does join United before 8th August then Bailly, Rojo and Tuanzebe will come under the radar and it will depend on their pre-season outings whether they will represent the red side of Manchester next season.

The coach said, "Whoever performs will be part of the team and whoever doesn’t they have got a fight to get back in. There’s been loads of speculation, but I can’t really say anything. But we will work to find a relationship with the ones we’ve got."





"Axel has got a great chance of staying here and playing. He had a great season last year."

“It was a stop-start season with injuries, but he’s really proven that he is capable of playing at that level, he got promoted with Villa and he’s come back very strong, focused."

“He did well in the first game here, so he’s one of the young, exciting players that I can’t wait to see more.”

Apart from Maguire, United is also linked with Bruno Fernandes as well with reports suggesting that a deal has been already agreed.

Manchester United kicked off their pre-season campaign with 2-0 win over Perth Glory and will now play Leeds United tomorrow.

Published: Tue Jul 16, 2019 02:50 PM IST

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