Manchester United had a hard time hitting the ground this season, but things could have been very different.
Lack of coverage in central midfield, the Red Devils missed a crucial signing in the summer window that could have made a big difference to their campaign.
In light of Nemanja Matic’s poor form, rumors that Paul Pogba is heading for exit and lack of defensive midfielders saw Manchester United on the market at the end of last season.
And one man who caught United’s eyes was Paris Saint Germain’s Idrissa Gueye.
Gueye previously played in the Premier League for Aston Villa and Everton until moving to Paris in 2019 for £ 30m, winning the domestic treble and losing a Champions League final in his first season.
So it is understandable that Ole chased the Senegalese’s signature.
But according to Mail on Sunday, despite talks with the midfielder, a deal never came to fruition due to United’s inability to relieve players like Jesse Lingard and Matic, causing Ole’s dream of defensive stability to fade.
What will leave an even worse taste in the mouths of United fans is that Gueye was eager to join the Manchester outfit at the time they were interested, due to fears of being pushed out of the PSG team by the new signature Gini Wijnaldum.
But since then, Gueye has had a fantastic season so far for the Ligue One team, scoring four goals in this campaign and playing alongside Lionel Messi and Neymar.
Perhaps Ole’s team would have avoided losses like the 5-0 defeat to rivals Liverpool if they had secured Gueye’s signature this summer.