Solskjaer discusses transfer speculation
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer expects Manchester United to be doing some transfer business in the summer as he has revealed he's already relishing the chance to work in pre-season with his squad for the 2019/20 season.
Our legendary striker was confirmed as permanent manager on Thursday and addressed the media at Old Trafford, facing a number of questions about possible incomings at the club.
As usual, the Reds continue to be linked with new names in different positions every single day, but Ole is calm on that front. Despite some people speculating as to whether missing out on the Champions League next season could have an impact on the quality of players we could attract, Ole feels this will not necessarily be the case.
Indeed, Paul Pogba signed for the club in the summer of 2016 – ahead of our successful Europa League campaign – when we were not in Europe’s premier competition. Nevertheless, United are still very much in the hunt for a top-four place and remain in the Champions League as Ole also looks forward to talking about the future with the players already at his disposal.
"Of course, we've been discussing how to move the club forward,” Solskjaer said. “That doesn't mean we've said x amount of money or x amount of players. We've sat down and discussed, but now it's easier to be clear about what we need to do because we will do some business this summer."
He went on: "Of course, the lure, if you want, of the Champions League is important. It might be important for some players but, to play for Man United, you know if you sign a contract for five years or four years, you're going to be playing in the Champions League.
"We are now in a great position to get into the Champions League, but that's not decided until 12 May probably. So, we need to get going before then with talks about players, with players, who's going to stay here, but I still say the same. I love working with these boys and the improvement has been here, so that's the short-term priority now.
”You know there's been so many players that have been written about, who we've been interested in, and there are so many players or players’ agents that have been in touch with our administration [to say] that they want to come here. I'm sure when we decide what we have to do, hopefully, we'll get them by pre-season.
”But everything is step by step. You don't make radical changes and, of course, I can't wait to get to a pre-season with the players, because obviously each coach and each manager, we have got different ways of playing, different training systems and methods. But we are a huge club with loads of tradition.
"I know we will be successful, but it's about taking it step by step. It might be putting the right people in the right positions in different places at the club, but I have to say we can't complain, can we? It's a fantastically well-run club.”
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