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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Blasted Over Raphael Varane Decision

By Amreen
Varane wanted the No 4 shirt at United
Varane wanted the No 4 shirt at United / Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

Former Sky presenter Richard Keys has slammed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's decision to not hand new signing Raphael Varane the No. 4 shirt on his arrival at Manchester United.

It was reported last week that Varane asked for the No. 4 shirt but Phil Jones, who currently has the number, refused to give it up, and the former Real Madrid man settled for the No. 19 shirt instead.

Former Sky presenter Keys labelled Solskjaer's decision to not give Varane the number four shirt as "weak". "It was so enjoyable to see United doing what they used to do best," he said. "Apart from one aberration when he allowed Ayling to walk off him and equalise - Pogba was terrific. His pass to Greenwood won’t be bettered this season.

"Just one other small issue - which might develop - if Varane wants to wear No 4 shirt, which we’re told he does, then he should be given the jersey," Keys added. "Solskjaer should’ve told Phil Jones ‘have you pick of any number over 30 Phil. You’re not in my plans. You won’t play. I want that number back’. Solskjaer was weak - and it’s that I’m referring to when I say it might develop. He’s got to be more ruthless."

Jones, who hasn't played a first-team game for 19 months, is set to return to action in the coming weeks - and Solskjaer recently provided an update about his current situation.

“He is due to start training over the weekend when we’ve got everyone in on Monday, which is a big plus for him,” Ole said at the end of last month,

“I've had similar troubles in my career. He’s such a professional, good lad, and it’s great to see him ready to train again and hopefully he can first of all train with us and then hopefully get game time soon."