Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits he was wrong to say Manchester United could ‘exploit’ football’s economic situation as frustration grows over the club’s lack of new signings.
Solskjaer made the comment in April as the Covid pandemic wreaked havoc on sport and appeared to open the door for United to strike discounted deals in this transfer window.
But having signed Donny van de Beek for just £ 40million from Ajax with less than four days to go until the window closed, Solskjaer admitted it was a poor wording choice and stressed that the financial impact had hit United just as badly.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted he was wrong to say Manchester United could ‘exploit’ the transfer market affected by Covid to attract new players this summer
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“I think my wording in the lockdown ‘feat’ was a bad word on my part,” the United boss said.
“I didn’t mean in this regard. I meant the clubs have to move because of the situation and that could be a situation for us. For the moment, we have not had such situations. We lost a lot of money, just like the other clubs.
Solskjaer made the comment on “the feat” on April 8 during an interview with Sky Sports, repeating the word after Gary Neville used his question.
The United boss said: “Football is going to get back to normal at some point, and it’s very important that we are ready when that happens.
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Solskjaer changed his stance on new signings in a matter of weeks.
After United lost to Sevilla in the Europa League semi-final, he said: “We have to build up the squad depth because it will be a long season.
“It will only be a few weeks off until we start again.
“Dust it off, make sure we’re ready and fresh to go.”
“Of course, we will continue to push and demand more from the players that we have, but we are always looking to improve. “
“We want to be the best at everything, and of course now is a chance to spend more time, you discuss the players, discuss the plans, we assessed what we need, of course with the staff at coaches, we reviewed matches, rated games, chatting on video calls like this.
“Then the market, who knows how the market will react to that? Who knows which clubs should sell players?
“There may be a situation there where you can exploit, and I know that at Man United we are one of the bigger and better off financially.
“I’m sure we’re capable, when we get back to normalcy, that we can do the business we want.
In his latest press conference, Solskjaer is reportedly not drawn to United’s transfer activities despite the summer window closing at 11pm on Monday night.
“I’m not going to enter the transfer window now because of course I am focusing on Sunday’s game (against Tottenham) but the club are still working hard to have the strongest team possible,” he said. declared.
“If something’s going on inside or outside, you’ll know it.
“We have players here that we believe in. The transfer window is still open for a little while and the club is working. They know my point of view and we are here to strengthen ourselves in the long term.
Gary Neville, Patrice Evra, Rio Ferdinand and Darren Fletcher are among the former United players who blasted the club for not making more new signings during an extended transfer window.
But Solskjaer defended United saying they are building for the long haul and already have a strong squad with depth.
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He added, “Pat, Rio, Gary, Fletch have always been welcome here to talk to me. They have the right to do their job. We all want Man United to be as high as possible, that’s my job and that’s what I work with.
“We have players here that we believe in. The transfer window has been open for a little while and the club are working and knowing my point of view. We are also here to strengthen ourselves in the long term.
“We have to get results and how we get results on the pitch there are so many ways to improve the team. We are working here inside the four walls and on the ground to improve.
“I keep reading about which players should play instead of who play and it tells me that I have a strong team. We need to get back in shape and not get injured, but there is more competition for places.
“I think it’s a different scenario now. I saw a lot of other players who didn’t play very well the other season playing very well.