Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Claims Man Utd Have Enough Centre Backs Despite Links With New Defenders

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer led Manchester United to the semi-finals of three different competitions last season but lost all of them | Pool/Getty Images

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has hinted the club will not recruit any central defenders in the current window as he is comfortable with the quality and quantity of the players in this position at his disposal.

After finishing 33 points behind Premier League champions Liverpool last season, United's only signing of the summer has been attacking midfielder Donny van de Beek.

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Manchester United needed a 100th-minute penalty to overcome a spirited Brighton side on Saturday afternoon | Pool/Getty Images

The Red Devils ended the previous campaign with the third-best defensive record in the division, but started the current season with a home defeat to Crystal Palace followed by a narrow victory away to Brighton, conceding five goals in the process.

Following United's 3-2 victory on the south coast, Solskjaer defended the squad's depth in the centre-back position, citing the fact that he was able to bring on the experienced defender Eric Bailly alongside his first choice pairing of Victor Lindelof and Harry Maguire.

Solskjaer explained as quoted by the Daily Mail: "We've got many defenders here and I put Eric on to bolster the defence, following the runs of [Leandro] Trossard and [Neal] Maupay. For me, we've got enough good centre backs here at the moment.

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Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof in action against Brighton's Leandro Trossard on Saturday | Pool/Getty Images

"When you concede chances and concede goals, there are two different things you can look at - it's either the team shape, or are there any individual mistakes.

"We're not in our best shape of form, our shape isn't there, we're not sharp enough to stop crosses or follow the runs. We're a little bit behind, that's more structural mistakes than individual mistakes. I thought Victor did well today."

United may indeed at to their defensive ranks in the form of Porto left-back Alex Telles with the club thought to be considering a bid for the 27-year-old Brazilian. Rumours linking Borussia Dortmund's right-winger Jadon Sancho to Old Trafford won't cease until the window closes but the club do appear to be prioritising those positions over another centre back.