Ole praises United's scouting department
As the transfer window opens today (27 July), Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has paid tribute to the club's scouting department.
Last summer, the Reds landed Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James to boost the first-team squad and each has made a positive impression in their first Premier League season at Old Trafford.
Further additions were made last January, with Bruno Fernandes and Odion Ighalo coming to Manchester.
Maguire and Wan-Bissaka have been defensive stalwarts while James and Ighalo could end up having big parts to play in the Europa League.
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The capture of Bruno helped United make up the ground in the league since February, to ultimately finish in third place, and Solskjaer feels the careful planning that went into that acquisition has really paid off.
Although personally scouting the Portugal international at Sporting Lisbon, the manager insists any new signings are very much a team decision.
“I believe that, of course, I need to go and watch him myself,” Ole told reporters, when recounting the signing of the midfielder.
“I’ve always known [his ability], as I’ve seen him on telly and that stuff.
“When I went to see him live he was exceptional in his enthusiasm; the way he wanted to win, that winning mentality. That was fantastic when I saw him, but I have to go back to all the chief scouts.
“The scouting network has been really good, so it’s not like I can just pick someone and, if five of them say no, then I’ll force things through. It’s a team effort there as well. Of course, Bruno has come in and been fantastic for us.”
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For all the dozens of names linked with moves to United, and this window will certainly be no different, there is meticulous work undertaken before any decisions are made with regards to the market.
The rescheduled summer window runs for 10 weeks until 5 October, but there will be an additional period until 16 October, where EFL clubs can do business with Premier League sides.
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