Man Utd chief Ed Woodward failed to sign Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's top transfer target

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Manchester United chief Woodward delivered three signings for Solskjaer in the forms of Daniel James, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire.

But the Evening Standard claim the transfer window started with Jadon Sancho at the top of the Norwegian’s shopping list.

Sancho was linked with a move to Manchester United earlier in the summer amid Solskjaer’s hunt for firepower.

The Red Devils manager felt his side needed a quality right winger with Alexis Sanchez, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford all better suited to the left.

However, United went for James instead.

Sancho could have signed had the club finished in the top four and secured Champions League football.

But the England international appeared unwilling to settle for just one season in the Europa League.

Solskjaer is now hoping James can thrive at United instead, with big things expected of the Wales international.

He was a relative unknown before making the move to Old Trafford.

But his devastating pace is clear for all to say and there is a hope he can be a big United hit.

Former United winger Ryan Giggs certainly believes James can flourish having personally endorsed his signing to Solskjaer.

Giggs said: “Dan will not have any problems with that [expectations].

“He’s a grounded lad, who just wants to play football, improve and be the best.

“A year or so ago he was on loan at Shrewsbury but in the last six months I’ve seen a massive change in him mentally and physically.

“Like any young winger he’s going to be up and down.

“You look at Cristiano Ronaldo – in his first 18 months at United he was like that and look where he is now.

“I’m not comparing Dan with Ronaldo but with all young wingers, there are sometimes questions about their final ball and whether they could score more.

“That’s always going to be the case with Dan.

“But when he’s on fire he is very difficult to stop and I think in a lot of games this year Untied fans will be excited. We’ve seen glimpses of that from Dan in pre-season.

“I am excited because I know what he’s capable of. And it gives me an excuse [as Wales boss] to watch United as well.”

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