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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer instructed Ed Woodward to sell nine Manchester United players

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer knew that his Manchester United squad needed a big overhaul when he first arrived in January and wanted the club to sell nine players, according to BBC Sport.

United continued their worst start for 30 years with a defeat to Newcastle on Sunday, leaving them 12th in the Premier League.

Although the players aren’t named in their entirety, the report adds that three of the nine players identified by Solskjaer left the club on permanent deals in the summer, while Alexis Sanchez and Chris Smalling joined Inter Milan and Roma respectively on loan.

Marouane Fellaini moved to the Chinese Super League in February, while Antonio Valencia and Ander Herrera left on free transfers.

United ended up splashing around £150million in the summer on Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James.

Solskjaer is facing mounting pressure at Old Trafford as his rebuilding job is doubted.

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