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It's something that often eludes even the biggest of clubs, but shedding the dead wood can often be just as important as finding that blockbuster transfer that you've been looking to make for so long.
Granted, it's not as common for clubs to release even those looked upon as unnecessary in January, but selling them for a fee is even better should they no longer warrant a place in the squad.
Andreas Cornelius, having broken the club's transfer record but failing to make an impact at the Cardiff City Stadium, is now back in Copenhagen, and Solskjaer was clearly not blown back by what he had to see.
Even though it means taking a hit on the chequebook, the manager is smart to cut ties with a player he has no use for, freeing up wages and a small amount of funds in order to reinvest.
Rudy Gestede and Peter Odemwingie were two other forwards proving to have minimal impact in South Wales, with the latter's sale being of particular worth seeing as it financed part of the deal to swap Jones in his place.
And lastly, Craig Conway, having spent the first half of the season on loan at Brighton, was shifted on as a permanent transfer to Blackburn Rovers.
Of the quartet, Conway may be considered the most difficult to let go considering his valiant contributions to the side in recent seasons, but the midfielder is more reminiscent of their championship days than anything else.