07 November 2019 23:06

MANCHESTER UNITED'S decision to appoint Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has left Barcelona's transfer plan over Marcus Rashford in ruins.

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Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer decision leaves Barcelona transfer plan in TATTERS

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants three of England's hottest prospects this summer (Picture: Getty) Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is reportedly targeting England's top young prospects this summer as he looks to rebuild Manchester United's spine with home-grown stars of the future. The Red Devils are expected to announce Solskjaer as their manager on a full-time basis in the coming days and the Norwegian is set to be handed a £250million warchest to spend on new recruits. United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has been seduced by Solskjaer's barnstorming reign as interim boss and is hopeful he can transform the club into a genuine Premier League title contender. According to The Sun, Solskjaer is pushing Woodward to work on deals for England wonderkids Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Declan Rice and Jadon Sancho ahead of the 2019/20 campaign. Solskjaer has been inspired by England's revolution under Gareth Southgate and, of course, recognises the importance of youth after working with Sir Alex Ferguson for 11 years as a player at Old Trafford.

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United legend Rio Ferdinand has urged his former club to go all out for Sancho in the summer transfer window. 'If I was someone looking for a player right now and he's available, I'd take Gareth Bale if the price is right. I was a Norway teammate of Ole Gunnar Solskjær but now I am head of coaching education for the Norwegian football federation and it was absolutely marvellous and brilliant – as well as really surprising – that he got the offer to be Manchester United temporary manager last December. It will have a great influence on all of us in Norway: footballers, coaches, coach educators, everyone: it is a fantastic inspiration as we have never had a coach at the level of Manchester United before. At the beginning of his career Ole Gunnar was not the big player we came to know.

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Play Video 1:53 How Ole Gunnar Solskjær earned the Manchester United job – video When Ole moved to Manchester United from Molde in 1996 he found the change natural to him despite the Norwegian league not being at quite the same level as the Premier League. Quick guide Follow Guardian sport on social media Show Hide Twitter: follow us at @guardian_sport Facebook: like our football and sport pages Instagram: our favourite photos, films and stories YouTube: subscribe to our football and sport channels Photograph: Chesnot/Getty Images Europe Ole Gunnar created his niche there: he became vital to United as a goalscorer clever enough to make an impact when coming on as a replacement or when he was on the pitch as a starter. If you are a Norwegian player moving to Manchester United, you will raise your popularity 100%. I think it is fair to say that Ole Gunnar is the nice guy with solid values who always kept his feet on the ground before and after the move to United and, even now: this is something we can all relate to. Facebook Twitter Pinterest Ole Gunnar Solskjær celebrates scoring on his first start for Manchester United, a 4-1 win over Nottingham Forest in September 1996.

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I feel so privileged to be Manchester United manager, says Solskjær Read more Now the real question is whether Ole can, in time, win Manchester United a Premier League title. I think he has a chance to do that and that this is also the ambition of the United board and club. But they certainly have a chance under Ole Gunnar. Zinedine Zidane was tipped as a candidate to take the United job after Jose Mourinho's sacking in December but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer landed the role. Solskjaer, a United legend, is now at the wheel on a permanent basis and his appointment has undeniable parallels to Zidane's by Real Madrid in 2016.

United began the campaign in stuttering fashion under former manager Mourinho, and the Portuguese brought a defensive style to Old Trafford that alienated star players and frustrated many fans. Both managers lifted the gloom at their clubs and brought a feel-good factor, instilling confidence and belief back into their players on the pitch and Zidane's instant success was rewarded with a permanent appointment, and Solskjaer now finds himself in the same position. Real Madrid's board took the same approach in appointing Zidane who had spent five successful years playing at the club, before becoming involved behind the scenes. If Solskjaer wants to, once more, establish United as a dominating force in the Premier League and Europe, he will be looking to emulate Zidane. MANCHESTER UNITED'S decision to appoint Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has left Barcelona's transfer plan over Marcus Rashford in ruins. United made the decision to appoint Solskjaer on a full-time basis on Thursday this week. Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer decision leaves Barcelona transfer plan in TATTERS (Pic: GETTY) Marcus Rashford has been in fine form since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's appointment (Pic: GETTY) The 21-year-old has been dithering over a new deal all season - but the appointment of Solskjaer has seemed to have made up his mind. Sky Sports report that Rashford is now keen to extend his stay at his boyhood club after growing attached to the former United striker - as many players there have. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is believed to have concerns about Sanchez's form and position within his squad with the 30-year-old often overlooked since his arrival. But the Evening Standard reports the United board have told Solskjaer that Sanchez will be going nowhere this summer. They expect the Norwegian, if he is to stay on at Old Trafford, to get the best out of the former Barcelona forward. But Sanchez is expected to be back in full training in the next month in a boost to Solskjaer's options. United are into the last eight of the Champions League and have a great chance of finishing in the top four.