Solskjaer now has added motivation to unleash Manchester United's three wonderkids
Regardless of whether he stays on as Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made clear he is building for the future.
This week’s defeat to Paris Saint-Germain could be a turning point.
It highlighted the inability of substitutes Romelu Lukaku, Alexis Sanchez and Juan Mata to turn the game in United’s favour.
Views will differ whether each of them have a future at United. Mata’s contract is up at the end of the season and he is currently most likely to leave.
Solskjaer has a chance now to start moving forward, and integrate United’s three most promising teenagers at the trio’s expense.
Replace Romelu Lukaku with prolific young striker Mason Greenwood.
Swap Alexis Sanchez for young winger Tahith Chong.
Take out Juan Mata and bring in Angel Gomes instead.
Suddenly United will have the core of the next generation to build around.
Chong and Gomes have already made brief appearances under Solskjaer, and he has expressed his desire to give Greenwood an opportunity.
Against Chelsea and Liverpool it could be too soon for the trio, but as we enter March, expect the three to start getting more chances.
Sanchez, Lukaku and Mata are not currently showing they are the future at United, or the present.
Solskjaer has extra motivation after their performances in midweek to accelerate the development of the three United wonderkids.