Manchester United: Solskjaer targets shock ‘bargain’ midfielder

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Manchester United have lined up a cheap target.

Under Sir Alex Ferguson’s reign at Manchester United there was always that one transfer which made you bat an eye. You know the ones. Like Park Ji-Sung, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Bebe or Michael Owen.

These transfers usually came out of nowhere and for the majority of cases the players in question were unknown. Stars who most United supporters would have never heard before. Yet despite their unknown status, most of them became indelible legends at the club.

Players like Park Ji-Sung and Solskjaer are now regarded as unearthed gems and great bargains.

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Solskjaer has now even replaced Ferguson at the helm and he looks to have endeavoured to emulate his former boss. The Norwegian has implemented many of Ferguson’s old techniques at Old Trafford.

Solskjaer has started to play a similar style of play, with free-flowing counter attacking football and has started to promote youth within.

When it comes to the transfer window, it seems Solskjaer is taking another recipe from Ferguson’s book of success.

As well as purchasing established stars, Solskjaer has bought a few raw gems into the club too. Such as Daniel James who has been a major surprise in his first season at the club and has been a valuable squad member.

And it seems, Solskjaer is looking to repeat the pattern by targeting a shocking and relatively unknown candidate.

According to CalcioMercato via the Daily Express, Solskjaer is targeting his fellow countryman Mathias Normann as a potential midfield alternative to his more expensive targets.

Normann is 24 years of age and is currently plying his trade at Russian outfit Rostov. However, the Norwegian international is no stranger to English football having spent and brief and unsuccessful stint at Brighton a few years ago.

Since leaving the seaside club, Mathias Normann has grown tenfolds and looks to have honed his game into an accomplished all-round midfielder.

At Rostov he is a key member of the first team and his performances have rightly attracted Premier League interest.

The fact that he would only cost Man United £15 million makes it a no brainer. Meanwhile with Solskjaer a fellow Norwegian it would surely make it easier for Mathias Normann to settle at Old Trafford too and the United boss could bring the best out of him.

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Do you think Mathias Normann would be a good signing?