Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer advised he may have found Victor Lindelof replacement

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may already have a replacement for Victor Lindelof in Eric Bailly, according to former Chelsea midfielder Craig Burley. Lindelof received huge criticism following his performance in United’s 3-1 opening-day defeat to Crystal Palace last Saturday. The Swede’s showing led to calls from fans and ex-Red Devils players to sign a new centre-back to partner Harry Maguire.

But Burley reckons Bailly could be drafted in by Solskjaer in place of Lindelof.

Bailly played the entire game as United beat Luton 3-0 in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday.

The Ivory Coast international has been hampered by injury problems during his time at Old Trafford, making just four Premier League appearances last term following a serious knee problem.

But if he can stay fit, Burley reckons the 26-year-old could feature more regularly in the first XI.

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“I suppose from the game the one thing would be Bailly getting some game time,” Burley said on ESPN FC.

“Lindelof had a poor game at the weekend, was involved in all the goals that they lost, and that’s another problem area for Manchester United that they need to solve.”

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United have made just one signing so far this summer in Dutch midfielder Donny van de Beek.

Burley says Solskjaer should demand more from the club but ultimately the pundit thinks the buck stops with executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.

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He added: “Quite frankly, is [Solskjaer] going to be banging his fist on the door and on the desk of Ed Woodward, demanding the finances are spread around on top-quality players, going to the media and complaining about the club because they’re not backing him? No he’s not.

“Would [Sir Alex] Ferguson sit back and take it? No. Would [Jurgen] Klopp? Would [Pep] Guardiola? Would the top coaches? No they would not.

“But he’s sitting there, he’s taking it on the chin, he has a little growl now and again, but at the end of the day he’s just happy to be in that job.

“But as I said all along, I don’t think he’s going to be in that job long term and he’s certainly not being helped by Ed Woodward, who at the moment is just running this place so shoddily from a football perspective it’s scary.

“They’re miles behind City and Liverpool. ‘We’re going to be signing [Jadon] Sancho, we’re going to be signing this player, we’re going to be signing that player’ – no, absolutely diddly squat apart from Donny van de Beek.

“For Manchester United, not good enough.”

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