Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was caught talking to Nathan Ake by the BT Sport cameras after his side’s 5-2 win over Bournemouth. And some supporters think he said to the Cherries star that he ‘needed a left-footed centre-back’. United have Jadon Sancho and Jack Grealish as transfer priorities but they could yet sign a defender as well.
The BT Sport Twitter account subtitled Solskjaer as saying ‘you need a little luck from your centre-baks, just keep going’.
But supporters on social media believe they got it wrong – and the Norwegian was actually endorsing a move to Old Trafford to the Bournemouth star.
“Ole 100% said to Nathan Ake at full-time on Saturday that “we need a left-footed centre-back so keep going.” Seems to me like he might be one of the options,” said one fan.
“Are Man Utd in the market for a left footed centre-back? Ole appears to have mentioned it to Nathan Ake?” said another.
And a third said: “We need a left-footed centre back, so keep going!! Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to Nathan Ake. Make of it what you will. I don’t think Ole is really the one who makes these decisions, mainly Woodward, but Nathan Ake is a great player, could see a top club going in for him.”
It’s long been known that United have Sancho as their top priority.
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And, after the 3-0 win over Sheffield United in June, he had a lengthy conversation with Sander Berge – who had been linked in the January transfer window.
Meanwhile, Solskjaer hailed his United side for their performance against Bournemouth with all of his attackers on song at Old Trafford.
“Very, very happy with today – with the energy in the team and the goals we scored,” he said.
“I think that was a game for the fans. That is definitely one the Stretford end would have enjoyed.
“They are on the same team and working towards one common goal.
“That is one of the positive things about the forwards they are good friends and keep challenging each other.”
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Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe responded by saying: “I thought we were a genuine threat in the game. I didn’t see that result coming after our start in the match.
“Mason Greenwood’s goal was one of real quality.
“It made our lives a lot harder but the first and second goals we will look back at with regrets.
“It is fine margins. There were a lot of incidents in the game. The offside goal, don’t know how close. A lot of confidence has returned to their team while ours has possibly gone the other way.
“It is a real test of our inner strength to bounce back from the run of results. I saw signs today the attacking side our game is still there. That is the big plus to take.
“This is a harder challenge than to try and stay in the Football League. We are in a negative cycle and we need to break that quickly.”
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