Idrissa Gueye would have added the much needed midfielder steel for Manchester United … but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer failed to push for a deal for the PSG star in the summer.
- Gueye was on United’s radar last summer, but the club never made an offer to PSG.
- The Senegalese international would have been willing to move to Old Trafford
- The deal never materialized as United failed to sell Nemanja Matic and Jesse Lingard
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer regretted not signing Gueye while United have struggled
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plans for defensive stability this season suffered a severe blow during the summer when Manchester United failed to honor an agreement to sign Idrissa Gueye from PSG.
Concerned about Nemanja Matic’s form and unsure whether Paul Pogba would stick around, United’s recruiting negotiator Matt Judge focused on the prospect of signing Gueye as a midfielder after West Ham’s Declan Rice exited the market. .
Judge determined that the 32-year-old Gueye, who has Premier League experience with Aston Villa and Everton, would move to Old Trafford with his wife because he feared PSG’s excess of summer signings, including Gini Wijnaldum, would leave him frozen.
Idrissa Gueye was on Manchester United’s radar last summer, but the deal never materialized.
Gueye was reportedly open to a trade to Old Trafford amid fears of being frozen at PSG
Matic is the only pure defensive midfielder in Solskjaer’s ranks with Pogba, Fred and Scott McTominay enjoying his breakthrough.
The United manager addressed the issue at Spurs yesterday by switching to a formation using three central defenders, and a beautiful 3-0 win certainly suggested they are a more complete unit without the suspended Pogba.
But after having several meetings and talks about the deal with Gueye, United felt they couldn’t make a firm offer because Matic, Pogba and Jesse Lingard stayed at Old Trafford.
He has been a source of regret ever since and United’s defense has collapsed numerous times with little protection from midfield.
Ole Gunnar Solksjaer and United never followed their interest in the PSG midfielder
Meanwhile, the Senegalese international has been in top form for PSG, providing additional insurance against the four behind to free Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappé and Neymar.
Gueye has also scored four goals, including a cracker in the Champions League win against Manchester City.
The lack of a reliable starter has put Pogba’s role on the team under new scrutiny. For all the good that the French star has done this season, he has given away the ball to cost his team.
Pogba criticized United’s performance following a 4-2 loss at Leicester, but it was he who carried the can by getting knocked down after that.
Nemanja Matic is the only pure defensive midfielder at Solskjaer’s disposal
Paul Pogba’s second stint at Old Trafford could end this summer when the Frenchman could walk away with a free transfer if he doesn’t sign a new contract.
He was sent off by Solskjaer when United lost 4-0 to Liverpool last weekend, but promptly gifted Mo Salah his hat-trick and was later sent off.
Pogba’s time at United is coming to a sad end.
In the final year of his contract, United is unwilling to pay a lot of money for him to stay, and agent Mino Raiola will not sanction a move in January, as this would reduce Pogba’s earnings after United when ‘He will be available in a free transfer.
United are mounting a public relations campaign to pretend they are making the decisions and claiming they are relaxed from losing him for nothing in the summer at huge cost, but it is not the way the Glazers like to work.