Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: Man Utd ‘working hard’ in transfer market and could make more signings | Football News

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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to add to his squad before transfer window closes

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Manchester United are “working hard” in the transfer market and may make more signings before the window closes on October 5.

United bought Donny van de Beek from Ajax in a deal worth up to £ 39million, but the midfielder remains their only summer arrival despite efforts to sign the winger Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho, valued at £ 108million.

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Throughout the summer, Solskjaer’s side have also been linked with high-profile moves for players like Gareth Bale and Sergio Reguilon – both of whom are expected to join Tottenham – and new Liverpool midfielder Thiago Alcantara.

However, United boss Solskjaer hasn’t given up on bringing in new faces before the window closes.

Solskjaer believes Donny van de Beek is a great addition to the Manchester United squad - but he remains the club's only summer signing to date

Solskjaer believes Donny van de Beek is a great addition to the Manchester United squad – but he remains the club’s only summer signing to date

“We’re looking for a small group of players who can improve the quality of our squad and see what we can do. The club are working hard and I understand they are working hard, ”he said.

“When we sit down and talk, sometimes it doesn’t go as planned. Life is not a straight line here, sometimes things happen and I’ve always said it – I’m very happy to work with these players.

“There are still a few weeks left of the transfer window, it may happen that we have someone. I have worked with the club and they know what I think the team and the team need and see if we can add to what we have. “

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Sky Sports News’s Dharmesh Sheth says Manchester United do not want to pay £ 108million for Jadon Sancho and always had this sight throughout the transfer window

Sky Sports News’s Dharmesh Sheth says Manchester United don’t want to pay £ 108million for Jadon Sancho and always had this sight throughout the transfer window

Solskjaer has overseen a cultural reset since returning to Old Trafford. His philosophy of signing hungry young players has been clear during his 18 months at the helm, and the Norwegian has reiterated his desire to bring in those who match the character of the club.

“I want players in the building that we want to work with and who want to be a part of it and who want to be here,” Solskjaer added.

“You need the quality on the pitch, you also need the personal qualities, but you also have to really want to be here and you have to show that you want to be here – it’s really important to us as a group that we let’s move on.

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Solskjaer says happy with Manchester United transfer activity so far, but now has to ‘play the game of waiting’

Solskjaer says happy with Manchester United transfer activity so far, but now has to ‘play the game of waiting’

“It’s not as big a pool as it is for other clubs because being part of Manchester United and being good enough for Manchester United is one thing, but then you have another club that probably wants to keep this type of player who has this quality. .

“Of course you see other clubs and what they do, they challenge us and our response has to be results, that’s the response. We can be the best at what doesn’t cost anything – the culture here, the training, the coaching, the fitness. ”

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“The coronavirus has changed the market”

United’s lack of transfer activity has led to widespread fan dissatisfaction, with calls for the Glazer family and executive vice president Ed Woodward to quit social media on a regular basis.

While Solskjaer would prefer to do his business early in the window, the United boss understands how the coronavirus pandemic has affected the market.

Ed Woodward, Manchester United Executive Vice President

Ed Woodward, Manchester United Executive Vice President

“You cannot ignore the impact of the coronavirus,” Solskjaer said. “I think that really changed the market and that it happened more or less during this period where negotiations might take place.

“Of course, the financial uncertainty of that has added to the difficulty of predicting where we are at.

“You always want to have as much time as possible with the players. I think last season shows however that good players can adapt and become a group very quickly. Harry (Maguire) arrived very late in the transfer window and he had a big impact. on the performance of the team. ”

“We must reduce the gap between City and Liverpool”

United finished third in the Premier League last season – significant progress from the previous campaign – but edged champions Liverpool by 33 points and second-placed Manchester City by 15.

Solskjaer insists that the next step for his team must be to close the gap on their rivals and maintain consistency throughout the season.

“The next step is to get closer to the top two teams, let’s see how much of that gap we can fill,” he said.

“Realistically the two teams in front of us were way ahead of the rest, it’s a group of hunters and we want to be the best of this group of hunters and who knows? Crazier things have happened in football.

“We’ll just have to start the league well and be consistent. I don’t want to take anything away from this group because we’ve added some top personalities.

Manchester United finished 33 points behind Premier League champions Liverpool last season

Manchester United finished 33 points behind Premier League champions Liverpool last season

“We have Dean (Henderson), you have Donny, Paul (Pogba) is in good shape now, Bruno (Fernandes) has arrived and his first game was on February 1 or something, so he’s not here since a long time. Eric Bailly is back as well, he looks fit and really good so we hope we can move on and who says we can’t? ”

Watch Manchester United’s first game of the 2020/21 Premier League season when they face Crystal Palace at Old Trafford, live on Sky Sports from 5 p.m. on Saturday; kick-off 5.30 p.m.

Man Utd 2020/21: Can Ole reach the next level?

Can Manchester United improve last season?

Can Manchester United improve last season?

Manchester United are set to launch a new campaign with a sense of renewed and realistic optimism that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can take them to the next level.

They may have finished 2019/20 without a trophy, but an encouraging end to the Premier League campaign has laid a stable foundation on which United aim to close the gap with champions from the previous two seasons, rivals Liverpool and Manchester City .

With Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood in attack, the creativity and quality of Bruno Fernandes, Paul Pogba and new addition Donny van de Beek in the midfield, and the defensive bond nurtured last season, United have it all. of a team capable of propelling the club to new heights, it’s now up to them to deliver.

Summer transfers – key dates and times

The summer transfer window closes at 11 p.m. on Monday, October 5 with a feast of activities scheduled for Transfer deadline sure Sky Sports News and on our Sky Sports platforms.

A domestic markets window for Premier League-EFL deals then runs from October 5 and ends on Friday October 16 at 5 p.m. Follow all the news and analyzes on SSN and through Sky Sports‘digital platforms, including with our dedicated Transfer Center blog.

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