A Man Utd coach is said to have privately bemoaned the lack of quality in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad before the Red Devils crashed out of the Europa League.
Solskjaer watched on from the sidelines as his team were beaten 2-1 by Sevilla in the semi-finals of the competition despite dominating much of the tie.
United missed several chances to score before falling behind with just under a quarter of an hour left to play.
But Solskjaer’s lack of faith in his squad was evident as he failed to make a substitution until the dying minutes.
And a report from The Times suggests that one of United’s coaches openly admitted the club does not have enough talent on the bench to make a difference.
The unnamed coach in question is believed to have stated United are reliant on six players in their forward positions – likely to be their regular front three, Paul Pogba, Bruno Fernandes and one other.
That would perhaps explain why Solskjaer held off making a sub until Juan Mata and Daniel James joined the fray in the 87th minute while Odion Ighalo came on during injury time.
Mata had made a significant impact when coming off the bench against Copenhagen but the 32-year-old wasn’t introduced until extra time.
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Ighalo meanwhile was a stop-gap signing who is not really considered a long-term option while James has struggled to reproduce his early form.
United are looking to bolster their attacking options but remain some way off meeting Borussia Dortmund’s £108million valuation of Jadon Sancho.
A transfer for Jack Grealish looks out of the question too given Aston Villa are demanding around £75m for their captain – a figure United have no intention of paying.
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