Manchester United missed PSG midfielder Idrissa Gueye this summer

KILLED: Manchester United missed PSG defensive midfielder Idrissa Gueye last summer as they were unable to make a fixed offer because Nemanja Matic, Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard all stayed.

  • Gueye was on United’s radar last summer, but the club never made an offer to PSG
  • Senegal International would have been open to moving to Old Trafford
  • The deal never came to fruition as United could not sell Nemanja Matic and Jesse Lingard
  • Ole Gunnar Solskjær has regretted that he did not buy Gueye, as United have had a hard time











Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s plans for defensive stability this season received a blow during the summer, when Manchester United failed to follow up on an agreement to sign PSG’s Idrissa Gueye.

Concerned about Nemanja Matic’s form and unsure if Paul Pogba would stay, United recruiter Matt Judge turned to the prospect of signing Gueye as a holding midfielder after West Ham’s Declan Rice was priced out of the market.

The referee ruled that 32-year-old Gueye, who has Premier League experience with Aston Villa and Everton, would move to Old Trafford with his wife as he feared PSG’s abundance of summer signings, including Gini Wijnaldum, would see him freeze out.

Idrissa Gueye was on Manchester United's radar last summer, but a deal never came to fruition

Idrissa Gueye was on Manchester United’s radar last summer, but a deal never came to fruition

Gueye was reportedly open to a move to Old Trafford due to fears of being frozen out at PSG

Gueye was reportedly open to a move to Old Trafford due to fears of being frozen out at PSG

Matic is the only pure defensive midfielder in Solskjær’s ranks, where Pogba, Fred and Scott McTominay all enjoy coming forward.

The United boss addressed the problem at Spurs yesterday by switching to a formation that used three key defenders – and a beautiful 3-0 victory certainly indicated that they were a more complete unit without the suspended Pogba.

But after having various meetings and talks about the Gueye deal, United felt they were unable to make a firm offer because Matic, Pogba and Jesse Lingard all stayed at Old Trafford.

It has been a source of regret ever since, and United’s defense has collapsed on several occasions with little protection from midfield.

Ole Gunnar Solksjaer and United never followed up on their interest in the PSG midfielder

Ole Gunnar Solksjaer and United never followed up on their interest in the PSG midfielder

Meanwhile, the Senegalese national team player has been in top form for PSG, providing extra assurance in front of the back four to give Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar freedom.

Gueye has also scored four goals – including a cracker in the Champions League win over Manchester City.

The lack of a reliable proprietor has put Pogba’s role in the team under scrutiny. For every single good thing the French star has done this season, he has given the ball away to cost his team.

Pogba was critical of United’s performance following a 4-2 defeat to Leicester, but it was he who carried the can by being dropped after that.

Nemanja Matic is the only pure defensive midfielder available to Solskjær

Nemanja Matic is the only pure defensive midfielder available to Solskjær

Paul Pogba's second season at Old Trafford could end this summer, when the Frenchman can leave on a free transfer if he does not sign a new contract

Paul Pogba’s second season at Old Trafford could end this summer, when the Frenchman can leave on a free transfer if he does not sign a new contract

He was sent on by Solskjær when United were 4-0 down against Liverpool last weekend, but promptly Mo Salah gifted his hat-trick goal and was then sent off.

Pogba’s time at United is coming to a sad conclusion.

In the final year of his contract, there is no willingness on the part of United to pay top dollar to make him stay, and agent Mino Raiola has no plans to sanction a move in January, as this would cut into Pogba’s post. -United earnings when he will be available on a free transfer.

United are launching a PR campaign to pretend they are about to take off, claiming they are relaxed and losing him for nothing in the summer at a massive price, but that’s not how Glazers like to work .

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