Solskjaer: 'You're always looking for a little bit more'

Friday 27 August 2021 13:30

Just days remain before the summer transfer window shuts in English football, and United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been speaking about whether fans should expect any further incomings or outgoings.

United have already sealed the deal on two major moves this summer: Jadon Sancho joined from Borussia Dortmund in July, while Raphael Varane's switch from Real Madrid was completed shortly before our first Premier League game of the season.

But ahead of this weekend's trip to Molineux to face Wolverhampton Wanderers, reporters quizzed Solskjaer on whether any further business might be imminent – and, in particular, if Jesse Lingard could leave the club.
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“Jesse, I see him as a Man Utd player, began Ole. I know there’s loads of speculation about him, but he’s had a very good pre-season; just been picked for England in the squad.

“It’s just been unfortunate that he got COVID just before the league started. He would have 100 per cent started the first game [against Leeds] because of the pre-season he had, so I can see him doing well this season.”

The press conference then moved on to the squad in general. Specifically, how desperate is the Norwegian to bring in more players before the transfer window shuts?

Any manager, like Jose [Mourinho] said last week, is always looking for a little bit more,” explained Ole. “But I have to say that the transfer business that we’ve done this summer… I’m happy. 
I’m happy with the numbers we have, with the quality we have, with the personalities we’ve brought in. The atmosphere and spirit in the squad is really good. The staff with them, they fit each other really well. 
You’re never comfortable, of course you’re not as a manager, but you go to work and see the chemistry is there. I’m very happy with what we’ve got here.

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The 48-year-old also commented on the rumours around Cristiano Ronaldo's potential departure from Juventus.

I don’t want to speculate too much, admitted Solskjaer. Cristiano has been a legend of this club, he is a legend of this club, he’s the greatest player of all time, if you ask me.

I was fortunate enough to play with him, I coached him. He almost retired me, because that Wolverhampton game when I got injured he kept switching sides! He's such a tremendous human being as well, so let’s see what happens. Everyone who’s played with him has a soft spot for him.

“I didn’t think Cristiano was gonna turn out leaving Juventus. It’s been speculation the last few days, of course,” Ole added.

“We’ve always had a good communication. I know Bruno has been talking to him as well. He knows what we feel about him. If he was ever going to move from Juventus, he knows that we’re here.”