Ole Gunnar Solskjaer categorically rules out a move for free agent Sergio Aguero this summer … with the Manchester United boss vehemently opposed to anyone moving across town
- Solskjaer said he would question a player’s loyalty if they went between rivals
- His comments come as a thinly disguised dig at Carlos Tevez, who moved in 2009
- Solskjaer also stated that he “disagreed” with the Argentinian’s transfer to City
- Norwegian was able to call Marcus Rashford back from injury to play his 300th game
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has ruled out any prospect that Sergio Aguero will be at Old Trafford next season due to his long relationship with Manchester City.
Agüero is poised to become the hottest free transfer of the summer after confirming he is leaving City, where he is the club’s record scorer.
Chelsea, Arsenal and Barcelona have already been linked with the Argentine striker, but Manchester United will not join the chase with Solskjaer unlike someone traveling around town – and Aguero would be reluctant too.
Manchester United’s Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has ruled out a move for Sergio Aguero this summer
“I don’t expect a player who has been playing for a club for 10 years to want to go to his local rivals,” emphasizes the United boss.
‘It’s not for me. I know we are professionals, but if you play for Man United you don’t go to Man City. We’ve had examples of that and I didn’t really agree. I won’t name names, but you all know who I’m talking about. Enough said.
‘When I played for Man United, when a rival club tried to sign me, and I had left – well, where’s the loyalty? Loyalty is one of the values that I really hold dear. ‘
Despite Aguero being the most popular free transfer, Solskjaer will forgo him due to his City links
The last high-profile player to switch between the two Manchester clubs was Carlos Tevez in 2009, causing friction when City ran a poster campaign with the slogan ‘Welcome to Manchester’; Owen Hargreaves also joined City from United in 2011.
Ahead of a big week in the Europa League, Manchester United will look to strengthen their position in the Premier League’s top four at home against Brighton.
Marcus Rashford hopes to return for his 300th career game after missing England on the international break with a foot injury.
The Red Devils boss criticized Carlos Tevez (center) for moving to rival Manchester City
The forward has also suffered from shoulder problems this season, but Solskjaer has no long-standing fears about the well-being of the 23-year-old despite a heavy workload for the club and country.
“I’m not at all concerned about Marcus’ general fitness,” he said. ‘I am impressed by its resilience and robustness. He has a character where, even when he feels something, he doesn’t want to miss any games.
‘Every footballer wears a little here, a little there. Very rarely do you say you are 100 percent fit. You may be 95 percent fit to 99 percent.
‘It is exactly the way you are as a professional football player, especially now with a match every three or four days. There has never been a risk that we thought would harm him. ‘
United are on the hunt for three signings, including a winger and a striker in the next transfer window, but Solskjaer is willing to wait until the last day to hit his top goals, as they did with Bruno Fernandes at the beginning of last year. .
“Every manager in the world wants to have the players available as soon as possible and put together their coaching and plans, but the world doesn’t always work that way,” said the United manager.
Solskjaer also provided an update on the fitness of Red Devils striker Marcus Rashford (left)
‘Having a target could mean waiting until the last day, like Bruno, for example. We knew he was the one and it worked out well. Players can adapt quickly if they have the right fit.
‘I’m not the one in the trenches negotiating, so I’ll leave that to the club and so far I think we’ve done really well. We have the goals we really wanted and worked on.
“There is always a chance, even if this window will be different from any other because of the pandemic and the money shifts have been lost.”