Three former players United should consider re-signing

Manchester United’s transfer policy has been nothing short of a farce in recent years and that includes outgoings as well as signings.

Since the departure of the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson, the club’s transfer strategy has been short sighted, rash and at times diabolical.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is trying to implement a clear vision within the club, which is focused on forming a young talented side that will challenge for major trophies once again.

The Norwegian is aware that the rebuild project will take time and he will need multiple transfer windows to get the club back to where it needs to be.

Here are three former players that Solskjaer should consider bringing back to Old Trafford.

Jonny Evans

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The 31-year-old made 198 appearances for Manchester United before he signed for West Bromwich Albion in August 2015 for a £7.5million fee according to Transfermarkt.

Evans’ departure was sanctioned by Louis van Gaal at a time when United were lacking stability at the back and were juggling the centre-back pairing between the likes of Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind.

Evans broke through at United at a time when we boasted the best centre-back partnership in world football in Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand.

The Northern Irishman benefitted from their mentoring and unlike Gerard Pique, he bode his time and patiently waited for opportunities.

He won 10 trophies during his time at Old Trafford, which included three Premier League titles.

After three seasons with the Baggies, Leicester City activated his relegation release clause and signed him for a bargain £3.5million.

Since Brendan Rodgers was appointed Foxes manager in February, Evans has started all but two Premier League matches.

So far this season Evans has scored 1 Premier League goal and registered 2 assists. He has conjured up an impressive partnership alongside Çağlar Söyüncü following the departure of Harry Maguire and has played an integral role in Leicester’s title bid, which has yielded 7 clean sheets.

With Victor Lindelöf struggling for consistency, that is an area where Evans doesn’t struggle and having played with Maguire before, Solskjaer could be tempted to reunite the pair.

Wilfred Zaha

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The Ivory Coast international was Fergie’s last signing and there were high hopes that Zaha could write himself into United folklore with years of dazzling displays.

However, his relationship with David Moyes never looked anything more than frosty and with the Scot favouring the club’s academy prospect Adnan Januzaj, Zaha wasn’t given a fair opportunity and struggled to settle in Manchester.

His game time chances didn’t improve under Van Gaal and after being loaned back to Crystal Palace, Zaha made his move to Selhurst Park permanent for a fee in the region of £3million.

The 27-year-old only featured for the Red Devils 4 times and since then he has got his career back on track and been the subject of interest from a host of top European clubs.

Last season he amassed a personal best campaign of 10 goals and 10 assists.

United may possess a talented attacking quartet of Dan James, Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood, but Zaha would add a different dimension and threat.

Zaha is currently leading the league’s dribbling charts with 4.6 per game and only Jack Grealish is getting fouled more per game (4.6) then Palace’s star man (3.4).

There are other areas that United need to prioritise, but if Zaha felt he had unfinished business at Old Trafford and wanted to return, he would certainly be given a better chance under Solskjaer who managed the winger during his loan spell at Cardiff City.

Cristiano Ronaldo

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The world record £80million we received from Real Madrid in 2009 for Ronaldo looked at the time a massive sum, but the way the transfer market prices have significantly inflated puts it into perspective when we paid a similar price to sign Romelu Lukaku.

The endless records the 34-year-old has broken and the devastating volume of goals he scores year in year out, still makes him the ultimate big match player.

The Portuguese international doesn’t fit the age profile Solskjaer ideally wants, but he is the ultimate winner and would be the perfect mentor in a very young dressing room.

Our current squad would thrive off the winning mentality the Champions Leagues top scorer would bring, but if Ronaldo were to return in the latter stages of his career, he would want guarantees that the squad is ready to challenge for major honours once again.

Ronaldo has flirted with a United return on numerous occasions since leaving, but he is still one of the best players in the world and if things don’t work out under Maurizio Sarri at Juventus, Solskjaer has to try and bring Ronaldo back home.

With the speed demons Rashford and James out wide and a new number 10 a transfer priority, Ronaldo could be the perfect number 9 this team is crying out for.

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