Solskjaer: 'It's not about quick fixes'
Following the closure of the English transfer window on Thursday, Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has stressed his commitment to a long-term ‘rebuild’ of the club.
United made three signings during the window – defenders Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka, along with forward Daniel James – and the Norwegian said he was “delighted” with the new acquisitions.
Speaking to the press on Friday morning, ahead of the Reds’ first Premier League match of the season against Chelsea at Old Trafford on Sunday (kick-off 16:30 BST), the boss was asked whether he was disappointed not to have captured one or two further players.
“I said earlier in pre-season, last season as well, it's not about a quick fix. It's about a longer rebuild," he stated. "It's about getting the right players, the right people in, and it's not time to suddenly, [in] the last three days, change that attitude when you haven't got the right ones, you haven't got the right people, you haven't got the right players, or you haven't got the answers, the correct answers, maybe, from the players that you wanted to have.
"If there's doubt, [and] most of the time, there is no doubt, then you'd rather trust the ones we have.
“I think when the transfer window closes it's that [sigh], it's a great feeling of relief. Now it's done. Now we know what we are looking forward with and I'm delighted with, as you've said, the three we've signed.”
There was one departure from Old Trafford on deadline day, with striker Romelu Lukaku signing for Inter Milan, but the Treble hero is confident that United’s fluid, new-look attack can flourish next season.
“It was time now for Rom to go, because we got a good deal," Ole said. "He's happy, so I think both parties ended that deal as it should be. Rom was injured for a while this pre-season. He didn't participate, so I just hope for him that he'll get a good start at Inter Milan.
"Of course, Rom has a good record and good stats. He's one of the top number nines around when you want to play with that kind of striker, and he's that target man. For me, I'm very confident that we'll get goals from Martial, Rashford. Dan James will come in and create; I'm sure Jesse Lingard will get more. So we do have a different attacking set-up this season. Yes, we do [need to get more goals]."
Asked whether there was a feeling of frustration around the club that another signing was not made on the final day of the transfer window, the 46-year-old replied: “That’s not the feeling inside the club anyway, and that’s not the feeling with the fans I’ve met.
“They’re excited with the ones we’ve had and, of course, there’s always going to be fans out there wanting to sign players. That’s just part and parcel of being here. So, the players are here now. They’ve been shown that trust and we believe in them.”
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