OIe Gunnar Solskjaer has shared the names of the five superstars he looked into buying whilst at the helm of Manchester United in a new interview with The Athletic.
The United legend was originally named as an interim choice following the bitter dismal of Jose Mourinho in 2018, but after a string of impressive form, was appointed formally to the role of head coach four months later.
During his tenure - which ran out after an igniminious 4-1 to Watford in 2021 - the former Molde coach oversaw a number of arrivals at Old Trafford with some, such as Bruno Fernandes, making a lasting impact on the squad.
Others, like the star-crossed return of Cristiano Ronaldo, were arguably less successful.
But speaking in his first interview since his dismissal, Solskjaer was keen to share the ones that got away from him - and could have played a key role in reversing United's fortunes.
When asked about the whether the role of head coach at United was an impossible one, Solskjaer was realistic, calling the task 'difficult', and citing the financial restraints around bringing in new players.
The Norwegian first named his compatriot, Erling Haaland at the top of his wishlist, who he eyed 'before he made his Salzburg debut'.
'Declan Rice, who wouldn't have cost what he did in the summer,' Solskjaer continued. 'We discussed Moises Caicedo, but we felt we needed players ready for there and then. Brighton are very good at letting players come from abroad and find their feet for a year and a half. At United, you don't have that luxury and that has cost the club loads of players.
'We wanted Jude Bellingham badly - he's a Man United player, but I respect he chose Dortmund. That was probably sensible.'
Instead, Haaland was snapped up by Borussia Dortmund,Read on m.allfootballapp.com