Solskjaer told he should have signed £50million player about to join Arsenal

Former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy has claimed Manchester United should have beat Arsenal to the signing of Brighton and England defender Ben White.

The Gunners are set to sign White, 23, after agreeing a £50million transfer deal with Premier League rivals Brighton.

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“Ultimately, as a player, you can only make a decision based on the opportunity in front of you,” Murphy told talkSPORT.

“If I’m Ben White, I’m going to Arsenal, because they are the ones after me and it’s a step up, it’s a huge club.

“Yes, it’s a risk in terms of will they progress from last season and can Mikel Arteta improve that squad? But he’s obviously sold him that and he feels wanted.

“It’s a massive opportunity because he will play every week, it’s a great environment to play your football and a better environment than Brighton.

“Is it a progression in his career? Yes it is. It’s easy to look at last season and think Arsenal won’t be competitive. But they could get into the top-four next season.

“You can only move to a club that wants you. I agree that his quality and potential is really good and I’m surprised that Manchester United or Chelsea haven’t come in for him.”

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