Seven British players Manchester United could sign next

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer appears eager to bring a British core to his Manchester United side and he will no doubt be targeting further moves in the transfer market.

Manchester United’s success rate regarding foreign signings has been very hit and miss since Sir Alex Ferguson left the club.

For too many years the club have lacked a clear transfer strategy and scouting system, which has led them to simply reacting to their rivals’ philosophy within the market.

Manchester City were chasing the signatures of Fred and Alexis Sanchez, but United were so seemingly eager to oust their fierce rivals to secure the players signatures that they ended up paying way over the odds for the pair.


Amid links with Paulo Dybala in the summer, United weren’t prepared to force the issue and have another rerun of the Sanchez and Angel Di Maria sagas.

Since Solskjaer took the reigns the philosophy seems clear; the Norwegian wants young, hungry, talented British prospects that dreamt of playing at Old Trafford. He wants players who believe in the long-term project at the club rather than those who are after a pay day.

Alongside blistering Welshman Daniel James, Solskjaer signed English pair Aaron Wan Bissaka and Harry Maguire this summer.

A report in The Sun claimed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be given the £75 million to spend from Lukaku’s sale in January. Could Solskjaer be planning his next British acquisition?

Here is a look at seven young British players United could sign…

Sean Longstaff

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The Newcastle man was a transfer target in the summer but the two clubs were miles apart in their valuation, with Mike Ashley wanting £50m for their homegrown star but United only willing to spend £20m.

A lot will depend on how Newcastle’s season develops. If they are cut adrift towards the bottom of the table come January, Ashley may have no choice but to cash in on his prized asset, but if the Georgies are in a healthy league position United could face being quoted a heftier asking price.

Possibility rating: 4/5

Declan Rice

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England international Rice was another emerging talent who was linked with a summer switch to Old Trafford [via Express]. The holding midfielder has become a key part of Gareth Southgate’s side since making the international switch from Ireland.

His physicality and confidence in possession would bring some much needed composure into United’s midfield.

He signed a long term contract at West Ham this summer, making a move difficult.

Possibility rating: 2/5

Ben Chilwell

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The Leicester left back has already managed to oust Luke Shaw in the England squad, so could he do the same at club level?

Shaw has struggled due to a combination of form and injuries during his time at United, but having a consistent player like Chilwell going head-to-head with him for a starting berth could propel his performances to a new level.

After a prolonged summer negotiating the Harry Maguire transfer, the Foxes have already shown they won’t budge on prices.

Possibility rating: 1/5

James Maddison

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Another Leicester City player who could upgrade? There is no denying the creative talent James Maddison possesses and Solskjaer’s side is crying out for an injection of creativity.

The 22-year-old could well be one of the Norwegians long-term transfer targets according to the Mirror, but United may have to pay a fee in the region of £80m similar to what it took to prize Maguire away.

Possibility rating: 4/5

Jadon Sancho

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The former City youth product has already scored two and had three assists this season, adding to his 12 goals and 17 assists last term.

There is no doubt that the capture of Sancho would give United’s forward line a whole different threat but he is one of the most coveted youngsters in European football.

If United want to be in the running for his signature they most probably have to qualify for the Champions League.

Possibility rating: 3/5

John McGinn

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Following the departure of Ander Herrera, United’s midfield has lacked strength in depth.

McGinn has had a strong start to the Premier League season and his goal on the opening day of the season against Tottenham showed his quality.

The Sun claim Sir Alex Ferguson tipped Solskjaer off about the Aston Villa player as he felt his energy and goal threat would improve the United side.

He signed a new contract just last month, which means Villa are under no pressure to sell.

Possibility rating: 2/5

Ben Godfrey

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With the likes of Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Marcos Rojo no longer in favour under Solskjaer, United may need a fourth centre half if Eric Bailly fails to recapture his form and fitness to accommodate Victor Lindelöf, Maguire and Axel Tuanzebe.

Ben Godfrey has made an impressive transformation from the Championship to Premier League and with a perfect blend of pace and composure on the ball, United and a host of other top clubs will be ready to pounce once he seeks a new challenge.

Possibility rating: 3/5

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