Solskjaer blocked five Man Utd transfers this summer despite spending spree

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reportedly blocked five players from leaving Manchester United during the summer transfer window.

The Red Devils had an impressive window, and Solskjaer secured the services of Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane, and a returning Cristiano Ronaldo.

United finished 12-points adrift of their local rivals Manchester City – who won their third title in four years – last season.

And Solskjaer will be hoping to close the gap with his new squad reinforcements this campaign.

However, Solskjaer, according to The Mirror, blocked moves for some of United's fringe players, who were already struggling for playing time, to keep his squad depth high over the season.

Donny van de Beek is the most notable name that Solskjaer stopped from leaving over the summer.

The Dutchman arrived from Ajax last season, but he failed to break into the starting line-up, making only four Premier League starts.

Van de Beek had been hoping to move to Everton on loan for the rest of the season, and his agent fumed: "Manchester United are holding everything back, it's disappointing that United are not cooperating."

Diogo Dalot also saw a potential loan move blocked after returning from Italy.

Last season, Dalot had been on the books of AC Milan, and the Italian was under the impression he would be allowed to leave the club temporarily again.

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Ronaldo was United's premier signing of the window.

But the Portuguese megastars arrival left Edinson Cavani and Antony Martial questioning their roles in Solskjaer's immediate plans.

Cavani's representatives reportedly held talks with cash strapped Barcelona.

While Martial had been trying to engineer a loan move from Old Trafford, but both were kept to play bit-part roles over the season.

Anthony Elanga had also harboured hopes of leaving on loan to gain some experience, but Solskjaer believed his development was best served in Manchester.

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United are currently third in the Premier League, taking seven points from a possible nine.

The only blot in their copybook, so far, is a draw with Southampton on the second game of the season.

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