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Solskjaer wanted nine players out of his squad in the summer

According to the BBC, when OGS arrived in place of Jose Mourinho, he wanted nine players sold but only three of them were, with two more loaned out.

Solskjaer wanted nine players out of his squad in the summer
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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is under pressure at Manchester United. The club are currently off to their worst league start in 30 years: they sit 12th with nine points from the 24 on offer. According to reports in England, a loss to Liverpool next weekend could be enough to bring an end to the Norweigan's spell as the manager. And further reports suggest Julian Nagelsmann is being lined up as his replacement.

The manager knew his squad wasn't up to scrath and wanted a clear-out in the summer according to the BBC. The report says he didn't come anywhere close to the cull he was expecting.

After replacing Mourinho, Solskjaer made a list of nine players he wanted out of his squad but only three have left with Alexis Sanchez and Chris Smalling also leaving on loan. Matt Judge, the head of corporate development, has been blamed for his inability to get deals done.

The Norweigan manager has shown confidence in youth but the club understand that the demands on them are too high to compete at the top of the Premier League. At the same time, the report says some of the older players in the squad are tired of all the problems experienced since Alex Ferguson retired.

A source told BBC that United "just have to get to January" in order to bolster the squad because not making Europe would mean incuring sponsorship penalties. The next game against Liverpool is important for Solskjaer to stave off the sack but some inside the club fear the job is too much to ask of the former striker.