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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer urged to sign Gareth Bale from Real Madrid and West Ham ace Declan Rice

first_imgOle Gunnar Solskjaer is expected to enjoy a busy summer transfer window (Picture: Getty)Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been urged to sign Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale and West Ham star Declan Rice during the summer transfer window.The Red Devils endured a dismal season, finishing sixth in the Premier League, 32 points adrift of champions and rivals Manchester City.Solskjaer is expected to bolster his squad with a number of signings this summer and Arsenal hero Alan Smith believes United should attempt to sign Bale and Rice.Wales international Bale is expected to leave Real Madrid this summer, while Rice is also being linked with a departure after his fine season at the London Stadium.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘Gareth Bale would be an attractive signing,’ Smith told Sky Sports. ‘If he did join then you’d think Anthony Martial would have to leave, and might Lukaku leave too?‘Bale would cost a lot of money and would excite the fans. He can’t get in the Real Madrid team but he would certainly improve United’s attack.‘United have been linked with Declan Rice and they should be in the market for a defensive midfielder. Nemanja Matic has seen his best days.‘Manchester United will have to be quite shrewd this summer.’ Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterFriday 17 May 2019 10:28 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link334Shares Comment Gareth Bale is expected to leave Real Madrid (Picture: Getty)Smith also believes Manchester United need to bolster Solskjaer’s defensive options, questioning whether Chris Smalling and Phil Jones are good enough for the Red Devils.‘The defence needs work,’ he added. ‘They conceded far too many goals this season.‘As a manager you want to know what your best defence is and I don’t think anybody has really played well enough to nail down a place, although Victor Lindelof has showed some good form.‘You have people like Chris Smalling and Phil Jones who have been there forever; are they the kind of players who will win you the league?center_img Ole Gunnar Solskjaer urged to sign Gareth Bale from Real Madrid and West Ham ace Declan Rice Advertisement Man Utd have also been linked with West Ham’s Declan Rice (Picture: Getty)‘There is a big rebuilding job to do defensively. All the best defenders will be highly sought after and United won’t be head of the queue because they aren’t in the Champions League.’As well as signing a number of players this summer, Manchester United are expected to offload several stars, with Paul Pogba and Alexis Sanchez linked with departures.And Smith said: ‘Can they get some players off the book? Can they sell Pogba for big money to give themselves more cash in the transfer market?‘Can they sell Sanchez? That could be difficult due to his wages, which is a problem.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘And finally, is Solskjaer the right person to attract big players? I think the manager does play a big part in the recruitment.‘United are still a very attractive club to join and they pay huge salaries, but they are not in the Champions League so that does make it more difficult.’Manchester United enjoyed a fine run in the immediate aftermath of Solskjaer’s arrival at Old Trafford but results and performances quickly fell away.AdvertisementAdvertisementThe Red Devils failed to win any of their last Premier League fixtures as they dropped to sixth, five points below fourth-placed Tottenham.MORE: Jurgen Klopp told his two priority signings this summerlast_img read more

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