Murphy: £120m Man Utd oversight is reason for Ole ‘failure’ talk

Date published: Friday 5th March 2021 11:05 - Joe Williams

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Danny Murphy doesn’t think Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would be under pressure if Man Utd had splashed out £120m on Harry Kane last summer.

For a few weeks earlier in the season the Red Devils looked like challengers for the Premier League title but they now find themselves 14 points behind leaders Man City.

An astonishing winning streak from City, coupled with Man Utd only winning three times in their last eight Premier League fixtures, has seen the Red Devils remain in second place but miles off the summit.

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There has been some pressure building on Solskjaer over their current poor form but Murphy reckons it would’ve been easily solved in the summer if Man Utd had invested in Tottenham and England striker Kane.

Speaking on talkSPORT, Murphy said: “Hypothetically, if United at the start of the season had got Kane and paid £120million, would they be 10-15 points better off? Yes.

“Would we be talking about Ole being a failure or would we be saying they are competing?

“One of the big questions always with football clubs, when we talk about Jurgen not signing a centre-half quick enough in January, recruitment now is generally separate.

“The manager doesn’t dictate what player comes in, when and for how much. They are part of the process, but the recruitment at Manchester United, how much is he involved, are his hands tied for the players he wants, are the funds there because of COVID? I’m sure they are because United is a billion pound club.

“Recruitment is ultimately the problem.”


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