Man Utd: Solskjaer on lack of goals
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Manchester United won’t be forking out £150million on Harry Kane in this summer’s transfer window. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are unwilling to go that high for the England international, who has been a shining light amid a difficult campaign for Spurs. And, in Joe Hugill, they may have their own Kane waiting in the wings.
Manchester United have long admired Kane.
Louis van Gaal requested Ed Woodward sign the England international back in the summer transfer window of 2015, shortly after he’d burst onto the scene for Tottenham.
And, in the years since then, the 27-year-old has continued to be linked with a move to Old Trafford.
The problem for United is, however, Tottenham want £150m for their prized asset. And that’s money they certainly won’t be spending on a single player at the end of the campaign.
The good news for the Red Devils, though, is that they may already have their own version of Kane waiting in the wings.
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The Daily Mail say Hugill has been likened to the Tottenham star as a result of his impressive performances at youth level, with the former Sunderland star shining.
He recently made a name for himself by scoring four times as the Under-23s beat Liverpool 6-3 on January 30.
Just two days later, Solskjaer suggested Hugill was in his thinking.
“Four goals by Hugill, he’s a top striker as well, we’re looking forward to seeing his development,” said the 48-year-old after his heroics.
United have given youth a chance ever since Solskjaer’s return as manager back in December 2018.
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Brandon Williams and Mason Greenwood have both become regulars in the time since, while hopes are also high Shola Shoretire can follow in their footsteps.
And Hugill could be the next from the production line to appear for the first team.
So good is the teenager his move away from Sunderland in the summer was mourned, with Kevin Phillips recently slamming his old club for sanctioning a deal.
“I can believe it, just because of what’s gone on at Sunderland over the last 18 months in terms of their best young players just to make a few quid,” he said recently.
“I can believe it but if I’m a Sunderland supporter now, and I am a Sunderland fan, I’m fuming because you’ve got a player on your books there that could potentially come into your squad this year and score you goals to get you out the league.
“It’s not good news, is it really, for the fans?
“It doesn’t surprise me but good luck to the kid, he’s gone to a big club and he’s shining so I hope it works out for him.”
United coach Neil Wood recently praised Hugill, too, though did say it was too early for there to be talk about a loan move away.
“I think he’s still adapting a bit,” the U23 coach Wood told the Manchester Evening News.
“He’s tall but he’s quite slim and he’s still working on his strength in the gym and, even last week against Liverpool, [Sepp] van Den Berg gave him a tough time.
“He was finding it hard. I know he scored four goals but it was a tough game for him, he was getting pushed off the ball at times, not getting his body in front at the right times.
“But he’s learning from that and learning how to play off the shoulder and run in behind. He’s just finding different ways to cope at the minute. I think the strength is coming. He’s bulked up a little bit but it’s not a quick process trying to get the power and strength into him.
“He’s another one, great lad, down-to-earth humble boy willing to work and that’s what he’s doing every day and at this moment he’s putting the goals in and all credit to him.”
Wood continued: “If you’d asked Joe to go on loan this year or Hannibal [Mejbri] or Shola [Shoretire].
“It’s too soon. They just wouldn’t cope in a league.
“I know people say you don’t get much out of a 23s league, it’s almost like that year in between they need. It’s a good bridge and then you’ve got the EFL three or four games in there and that tops that up. Hopefully by the end of the season they’re more equipped to deal with men’s football.”
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