Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will overhaul his struggling squad after a run of just two wins in 12 matches after being appointed a permanent manager.
The flaws in his squad were badly exposed having initially overseen a dramatic upturn in form following his temporary appointment in the wake of Jose Mourinho’s sacking.
Ironically, it might be the man he replaced who inspires his summer transfer business. Mourinho wanted a number if signing at the start of last season but as left frustrated by a lack of movement at board level.
Here, Express Sport looks at the Mourinho targets that Solskaer could once again turn to.
HARRY MAGUIRE (Leicester)
Mourinho was desperate to sign Harry Maguire when the board told him he could not sign Ajax’s Matthijs de Ligt because of concerns over his weight.
Once again, executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward failed to deliver the Leicester centre-back after his superb showing for England at last year’s World Cup because he baulked at the £60million asking price.
Another excellent season for the Foxes defender means his valuation might have even increased but reports claim Solskjaer still wants to bring him to Old Trafford – and it is easy to see why.
Maguire has been a rock at the back and is one of the best in the Premier League when it comes to bringing the ball out of defence to start attacks.
He also has an eye for goal at a set-piece and could be the perfect foil for Victor Lindelof, who would benefit from an experienced partner in the heart of United’s defence.
GARETH BALE (Real Madrid)
Signing Gareth Bale while Mourinho was in charge was never a real possibility because of his importance to Real Madrid.
However, the attacker, 29, is now on the fringes at the Bernabeu and manager Zinedine Zidane practically advised him to seek a move earlier this month.
He would not come cheap but Real are reportedly happy to pay a portion of his wages if a club in the Premier League is willing to take him on loan.
Bale would arrive as a ready-made world-class winger who could slot straight into Solskjaer’s first team.
Despite his struggles, the Welshman remains an elite level player and a bonafide superstar, he could be the ideal person to propel them back to the top.
SERGEJ MILINKOVIC-SAVIC (Lazio)
United were actually monitoring the Serbian midfielder, 24, throughout Mourinho’s tenure.
A move never materialised and now could be the time to reignite their interest in Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.
Like United, Lazio failed to qualify for next season’s Champions League and he could now look to leave after four years at the Stadio Olimpico.
Milinkovic-Savic is an all-action attacking midfielder who loves to arrive late in the box and has a keen eye for goal.
He would slot seamlessly into Solskjaer’s three-man midfield and if Paul Pogba stays the two of them playing together is a formidable prospect.
TOBY ALDERWEIRELD (Tottenham)
Available for just £25million in the summer, signing Alderweireld should be a no-brainer for Solskjaer.
Mourinho wanted him last summer when Tottenham were asking for £60m. Perhaps understandably, Woodward did not want to pay that much for him but £25m is a snip for someone of his quality.
It would also be a blow to a direct rival and the can only be a good thing for United if they want to be back in the top four next term.
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