FIVE United youngsters who could join Solskjaer at Cardiff City

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was a Manchester United hero, but could he now get a few favours from his old club ?

'The Baby Faced Assassin is back in the Premier League, having taken over from Malky Mackay at Cardiff City, with his first task to keep the club away from the relegation zone.

Solskjaer has been managing Norwegian side Molde for the last three years, but having left his position as Manchester United reserve team manager in 2011, there will surely be a possibility of loaning players from his former club to help Cardiff.

Here are five (relatively) young bucks Solskjaer could make a play for:


Brazilian defender Fabio hasn't had the impact that his twin brother Rafael has had at Manchester United, and his underwhelming loan spell with Queens Park Rangers last year could put his future with the Red Devils in doubt. Another loan spell could, however, boost his future prospects, and Cardiff could be the place for him to get some games in a short term deal.

Alexander Buttner

After surprisingly being linked with Tottenham, Buttner could leave Old Trafford – particularly if manager David Moyes continues to pursue Leighton Baines in the left back role.

Dutchman Buttner would certainly improve the Cardiff defence, but also offer a threat going forward as the Welsh club look to gain the points needed to ensure Premier League survival.

Nick Powell

Powell is still on loan at Wigan Athletic, but rumours suggest that Moyes is looking to recall the 19 year old attacking midfielder with a view to loaning him out to a Premier League side to gain top tier experience.

Cardiff will need goals to stay up, and bringing in a young goalscoring playmaker would certainly help their cause.

Powell has demonstrated during his spell at the DW Stadium that he's ready to make the step up, and a short-term loan will help prepare him for next season at Old Trafford.

Wilfried Zaha

Zaha has been frozen out under Moyes following his £17m move from Crystal Palace, with most people assuming that the young winger will get loaned out in January.

A host of clubs are believed to be interested in taking the 21-year-old, but Solskjaer's links with Manchester United could trump everybody else and bring the England Under 21 star to the Cardiff City Stadium.

Federico Macheda

Macheda enjoyed a decent spell on loan with Doncaster Rovers, now ended, which has left the Italian on the fringes of the Manchester United squad once again.

The 22-year-old has been underwhelming since he burst onto the scene in 2009, but with Andreas Cornelius struggling for form and fitness, Solskjaer could bring in another centre forward to hopefully bring the goals to the side.

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