Last season’s Golden Boot winner had just extended his 100 per cent scoring record at The Hawthorns to five games and – cheeky as always – he could not resist a dig at the absent Albion supporters who were doubtless berating him in front of their televisions.

United start their Premier League campaign next Saturday against Crystal Palace and Solskjaer was buoyed by the performances of Van de Beek, who signed from Ajax, and Henderson, fresh from his loan spell at Sheffield United.

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Sheffield United, Crystal Palace and Aston Villa have been pushing for the England U21 international with Liverpool still to make a decision. They would want over £20m plus clauses if they sell while any loan move would involve penalty payments if he did not play.

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Aubameyang, who has often been deployed on the left flank by Mikel Arteta, played a crucial part in Arsenal’s FA Cup success last season, scoring a brace in the semi-final victory against Manchester City prior to repeating the feat in the final against Chelsea.

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It worked at first but the physical demands of tracking back for Ronaldo were huge and he faded as the season fizzled out and Ancelotti was sacked. With no break in the summer because of the 2015 Copa America he went into his second season unfit and under the orders of new coach Rafa Benitez. 

In a 1-0 home defeat to Atletico Madrid in February 2016, James was whistled by Madrid fans and hooked by Zidane before the hour mark just minutes after the winning goal. Post-match analysis honed in on his lack of intensity — Zidane never properly trusted him again.

Back under Zidane in 2019 it was never going to work for James. Now for the third time in his career, Ancelotti is back in charge. This time it ought to last longer than two months and the Italian coach ought to have the freedom to put Rodriguez centre stage.