Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is constantly under scrutiny for the job he is doing as manager of Manchester United.
This is perhaps justifiable, given the experience he came to Old Trafford with and the fact that the Reds may still be heading for their worst points total in the Premier League for 30 years.
But one aspect of the job Solskjaer cannot be criticised for so far is his proficiency in the transfer market.
We rated each of the five first-team signings the Norwegian has brought to the club so far.
Brought in from Swansea, Solskjaer’s first signing was an immediate sign of his plans to reinvigorate an ageing United squad. The Welshman outperformed early expectations with a fantastic first few weeks at the club, deservedly earning the August player of the month award. James’ goal contributions have dried up dramatically since then but he is still a hugely promising talent and will always stretch opposition defences with his lighting speed. He has arguably been overplayed this term as a result of Solskjaer’s lack of attacking options. 7
Wan-Bissaka has finally solved United’s long-standing right-back problem and could be in the role for the next decade at Old Trafford. He is without doubt the best defensive full-back in the Premier League and we are starting to see encouraging signs when he is going forward. Can anyone remember the 22-year-old being beaten in a one-on-one? Fantastic signing. 9
Nine clean sheets in the last 11 games is testament to the improvement Maguire has brought to the defence. It was always going to be difficult to justify such a high price tag early on at Old Trafford. But being handed captaincy after Ashley Young left for Inter Milan has lifted the England international’s performance levels. Maguire has become a true leader at United before even finishing a full season at the club. 8
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The impact the Portugal midfielder has made in such a short period of time has made us all question where United could be had he been brought in during the summer. Fernandes is the quality attacking midfielder United have been crying out for. Solskjaer’s side is so much more fluid in attacking transition with the 25-year-old pulling the strings. It’s difficult not to get carried away with the player who is already becoming a leader in the dressing room. 8
Eyebrows were raised when United’s desperate hunt for a striker ended in the deadline day loan signing of the 30-year-old Nigerian. But after 4 goals in just eight appearances in all competitions, Ighalo has demonstrated the focal point that United have been missing at times . Ighalo’s fruitful loan spell has perhaps surpassed Solskjaer’s expectations and we wouldn’t be surprised if the Norwegian makes the transfer permanent this summer. 7
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