Man Utd boss Solskjaer urged to sign Dayot Upamecano as two legends compared by Scholes

Paul Scholes has urged Manchester United to go out and sign Dayot Upamecano because he will bring something different to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s defence. The Frenchman endured an evening to forget on Wednesday night at Old Trafford as RB Leipzig shipped five goals against the five-star Red Devils.

Despite a shaky collective defensive display, Upamecano still showed glimpses of his quality and world-class potential.

He was a player that Solskjaer personally wanted to sign in the summer but Ed Woodward failed to come up trumps.

That was largely down to the fact that Upamecano put pen to paper on a new contract with the Bundesliga leaders, meaning any move was off the table.

Next summer, his new release clause worth around £36million comes into play and United are preparing to launch a move.

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Solskjaer refused to comment on United’s interest, prior to the clash: “There’s always rumours and speculation about good players for Manchester United… but since he’s playing against us, I know he’s a very good player so we can see him close up tomorrow.”

Ahead of kick-off, the Norwegian was urged by former team-mate Scholes to get the deal done in a glowing comparison to two famous United defenders.

“This is the type of defender I think United need, he’s very different to Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof,” Scholes told BT Sport.

“He absolutely loves one-vs-ones, he loves getting down that channel because he knows he’s gonna beat them.


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“It’s very much the same as what Rio used to do, what Jaap Stam used to do.

“It frees the rest of the team to worry about attacking play, because you know you’ve got a centre-half who is going to defend and he’ll do it all day.”

When asked if United could win the Champions League under Solskjaer, Scholes was not afraid to put the cat amongst the pigeons.

“I will always say yes of course,” he said.

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“I don’t think there’s that many special, special teams across Europe now.

“I think you look at Bayern, and then the rest of it is a much of a muchness. So I don’t see why not.”

United sit top of Group H, having successfully dispatched both Paris Saint-Germain and RB Leipzig in their opening two Champions League matches.

They now turn attentions back to the Premier League as they take on Arsenal before a trip to Turkey to face Istanbul Basaksehir.

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