The Manchester United match that convinced Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to sign new striker

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer signed Odion Ighalo in January but wanted Erling Haaland (Picture: Getty)

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer conceded he needed to sign a new striker after his side’s 3-1 defeat to Manchester City in January.

Pep Guardiola’s men put one foot in the Wembley final with a comprehensive victory at Old Trafford, where they were 3-0 up at half-time thanks to goals from Riyad Mahrez, Bernardo Silva and an Andreas Pereira own goal.

Marcus Rashford scored late on to give United hope but the Red Devils failed to make an impression on the game and their influence only grew once City took their foot off the gas.

Though United have since got their season back on track, they looked toothless against City and wonderkid Mason Greenwood was substituted late on for Anthony Martial who was returning from injury.

According to the Athletic, Solskjaer felt his strikeforce were too lightweight and because of the lack of options, they were being forced to play every game.

United looked toothless against City (Picture: Getty)

That convinced the Norwegian to enter the market for a new striker and though United missed out on Dortmund star Erling Haaland, they ended up bagging Odion Ighalo on loan.

The Nigerian’s impressed since joining from Shanghai Shenhua and United extended his loan deal shortly before the Premier League restart to ensure he stays at the club for another six months.

Nevertheless, Solskjaer remains keen on signing a new long-term centre forward, as well as Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho.

Given Mason Greenwood’s recent form, some have suggested Sancho’s arrival could stunt the 18-year-old’s progress but Andy Mitten says Solskjaer wants options.

‘Sancho I think would be a great addition,’ Mitten told the Talk of the Devils podcast.

‘Greenwood is fantastic but he isn’t as consistent as he’s likely to be when he’s 23 or 24.

‘That Manchester City game in the League Cup in January that made up OGS’ mind where he thought ‘I need another striker in’ which led to Ighalo coming in’.

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