Ole Gunnar Solskjaer highlighted Manchester United’s weak defence (BT Sport)Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made it clear how much Manchester United’s defence needs to improve after admitting that he ‘could do with’ Jaap Stam and Ronny Johnsen in his side.
Stam and Johnsen were paired in central defence once again for United’s Treble Reunion against Bayern Munich at Old Trafford on Sunday.
And the duo impressed as Sir Alex Ferguson’s side hammered their German rivals 5-0 with goals from Solskjaer, Dwight Yorke, Nicky Butt, Louis Saha and David Beckham.
United are in the market for a new centre-back and have reportedly offered a lucrative contract to Ajax’s Matthijs de Ligt in an effort to see off competition from Barcelona.
And with both Phil Jones and Chris Smalling failing to impress this season, Solskjaer has joked that he needs United’s treble-winning legends Stam and Johnsen back at Old Trafford.
Jaap Stam was a rock at the heart of Manchester United’s defence (Getty Images)Asked who stood out for him during the game, Solskjaer told BT Sport: ‘Well… Scholsey.
‘Jaap and Ronny – we could do with them two at the back.
‘They were fantastic the whole season, the ’99 season, those two were unbelievable.’
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was impressed by Ronny Johnsen’s performance (Getty Images)
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Meanwhile, Solskjaer was praised by Marcus Rashford for scoring United’s opening goal from close range in the first half.
‘That’s him in a nutshell. His positioning is great,’ said Rashford, who was working alongside Jesse Lingard as a pundit for the game at Old Trafford.
‘He’s always in the right place at the right time.
‘It ends up a simple goal but during the build-up on the right side he is just waiting and being patient. He’s in the six-yard box and the ball comes to him.’
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