Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

'If you play for United, you don’t join City'

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is clear in what he thinks about players joining rival teams.

Earlier this week it was announced that Manchester City will not renew their contract with the club's all-time goalscorer Sergio Aguero after 10 years at the Etihad Stadium. Since the announcement, certain sections of the media have linked the Argentinian forward with a controversial move to Old Trafford ahead of next season.

When asked about that during his pre-match press conference for Sunday's clash with Brighton & Hove Albion, Solskjaer stated his views on transfers between direct rivals in modern football.

Part two of Ole's Brighton press conferenceVideo

It is fair to say that Ole was firm in his answer.

“When I played for Man United, if a rival club would try to sign me and I’d gone to a rival club, where’s the loyalty?”
he asked rhetorically.

“Of course, loyalty is one of the values I rank highly. So I wouldn’t expect any player who had played for a club for 10 years to want to go to a local rival.”

In the Manchester clubs' existence, more than 40 players have had the experience of representing both United and City during their careers.

But Ole feels he has seen the end of players moving between the teams.

“I know we’re professional but when you play for Man United, you don’t go to Man City,” the manager reiterated.

“We’ve had examples of that and I didn’t really agree to those moves, to put it that way. I don’t want to name names, but you all know who I point my finger at. Enough said.”

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