Ryan Giggs explains how Ole Gunnar Solskjaer changed Man Utd’s transfer policy


Ryan Giggs hailed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s transformation from Manchester United’s transfer policy as his former teammates continue to subvert the Red Devils’ fortunes.

Under Solskjaer, United has shifted the focus from recruiting big names to younger, talented players who can grow with the club.

But Giggs says another important factor with Solskjaer at the helm is that the Norwegian is focusing on signing players who are good characters off the field as well as impressive players.

Solskjaer’s successful signings include Harry Maguire, Daniel James and Bruno Fernandes, all of whom started well after their stint at Old Trafford.

James is of course well known to Wales boss Giggs because the Welsh winger has appeared in his country since the days of Swansea City.

Ryan Giggs says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer tried to recruit talented players who are also “good characters” like Daniel James

And Giggs says the 22-year-old is typical of the kind of personality Solskjaer wants to sign.

“Dan is not just a talented player,” Giggs told MUTV Group Chat of James.

“He’s a very good character and a solid boy. He wants to improve and that’s what I’ve seen in the past 18 months.

“Every time I went to see him at Swansea he got better and he had a great start in his career at United.

“He is also a United player and someone that United fans will enjoy watching. It will beat men, it will make things happen and, of course, it has this devastating speed.

“But like I said, more than that for me, he’s a very good character. I think that’s what Ole has been trying to do in the past few months, having very good characters in the locker room. ”

The signing of Fernandes seems to have had a huge impact on the United season, with the Solskjaer team in great shape since the Portuguese star joined the team in January.

The Red Devils were 11 games unbeaten in all competitions and up to fifth place in the Premier League when football was stopped by the coronavirus, Fernandes having played in the last nine of those games, scoring three goals and providing three assists .

Giggs says Solskjaer has yet to sign ‘four or five players’ to bring United to the top

However, Giggs argues that United needs four or five other players to become real opponents again.

“It was a shame we had to suspend the season because we were flying,” said Giggs.

“Ole started his management with United flying, then had a difficult spell, then we were on a good race. But, as I said earlier, the players he came in with were really impressive.

“They have improved the team and the locker room and, obviously, at Fernandes, we have seen over the years the effect a player can sometimes have.

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“You’re talking about Eric Cantonas, Robin van Persies … and I don’t compare him to them yet, but he made the other players better and he gave everyone a boost.

“I still think we need four or five players but we are definitely going in the right direction. “

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