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Man Utd only have two thirds of Solskjaer’s ‘dream midfield trio’

Manchester United have given significant financial support to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the transfer market recently, but still only have two thirds of his ideal midfield trio.

This time last year there was a lot of speculation about what United would do in the 2020 summer transfer window, with moves for Aston Villa's Jack Grealish and Leicester's James Maddison touted.

The Red Devils were still keen on buying Jadon Sancho, but were ultimately unable to convince Borussia Dortmund to sell.

And despite going on to fork out 80million on new players, United are still lacking the final piece of Solskjaer's dream midfield trio.

In January 2020 reports emerged that the United boss had identified his long-term ambition for the centre of the park, and wanted a three-man line-up.

That midfield trio consisted of Bruno Fernandes, Scott McTominay and Leicester City star Maddison.

Fernandes joined just weeks after those reports first emerged, with the Portuguese star having an immediate impact at Old Trafford.

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  • Fernandes joined for £46.6million, but the spending didn't end there in terms of midfielders.

    United ultimately decided that a move for Maddison – who went on to sign a new contract at Leicester – would be a bridge too far.

    But they did splash out on Donny van de Beek, who joined from Ajax in a deal worth up to £40.5m.

    However, the Dutchman hasn't had the best year so far, having started just two Premier League games since making the switch.

    United are still believed to be looking at a long-term option to go alongside Fernandes and McTominay, with reports still linking Paul Pogba with a move away.

    The Frenchman is still yet to sign a new contract with just over 12 months remaining on his current deal.

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