The Manchester United boss said he disagreed with players who had switched between the fierce rivals over the years.
Invoking loyalty, Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ruled out a move for Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero in the summer. The Argentine is City’s top goal-scorer, smashing over 250 goals in his decade-long career. Solskjaer said he did not agree with the players who switched between the two rivals. The list includes illustrious names like Peter Schmeichel, Andy Cole, Carlos Tevez and Owen Hargreaves.
Aguero’s contract will expire in the summer and will not be renewed. The 32-year-old will undoubtedly go down as one of the greatest Premier League strikers of all time. He has won everything there is to win in England and was a driving force behind the club’s exponential rise to being one of Europe’s best.
Pep Guardiola has said that City will not bring in a new striker to replace Aguero, citing financial constraints. Even if the club did get someone, it would be impossible to fill the void left by the Argentinian. Club chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak will commission a statue in the striker’s honour.
“I wouldn’t expect any player who has played for a club for 10 years to want to go to their local rivals,” said Solskjaer in a press conference ahead of the Premier League match against Brighton.
“I know we’re professionals, but when you play for Man United you don’t go to Man City. We’ve had examples of that and I didn’t really agree with it. When I played for Man United, if a rival club tried to sign me, and I had gone – well, where’s the loyalty? Loyalty is one of the values I really, really put highly.”
Manchester City are the runaway league leaders, extending their lead to 17 points after a 2-0 win against Leicester City on Saturday. Manchester United sit in second place and will face Brighton and Hove Albion on Sunday.