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Two former Man United players in agreement over Ousmane Dembele transfer

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Former Manchester United players Darren Fletcher and Andy Cole are both in favour of Ousmane Dembele potentially moving to Old Trafford.

MEN Sport understands that United are not in the market to buy the forward from Barcelona and only view him as a potential emergency loan option should a deal for Jadon Sancho fail to materialise in the coming days.

This hasn’t stopped the 23-year-old becoming a big talking point among fans and former players, with Fletcher and Cole discussing a possible move to United for the Frenchman prior to the Reds’ Carabao Cup game at Brighton on Wednesday.

“It has [surprised me],” Cole told Sky Sports. “If you speak to Fletch, he’ll say the same thing. I think Manchester United are looking to add players that are going to make the team a lot stronger, as well as the squad.

“Hopefully, by the end of the window, they can add a few more players. Dembele, if he comes, will be a very good signing, I think we all know how good of a player he is. He’s still very young, but very, very talented, so fingers crossed that Man United will bring a few more and make the team a lot stronger.”

Fletcher said: “It suggests that they are moving on from Jadon Sancho. I think Ousmane Dembele’s a right winger, a position they are finally identifying. It comes with its risks – his injury record is not great over the last few seasons – I think he only made five league appearances last season, but he’s a talented player.

“Barcelona purchased him for £100m or something like that. I think a loan deal would suit United, and probably both parties, I think he needs a fresh challenge, coming to a massive club like Manchester United.

“It’s a chance to showcase himself, get opportunities, get fit and potentially look for a transfer down the line, but I wouldn’t say they’ve got to sign him because of his injury record, and he has tendencies to be late a lot of the time judging by reports. United should give him the opportunity to showcase himself and be the player everyone thought he was gonna become.”

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