Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be supported by a new contract and summer transfer market signings led by outgoing Executive Vice President Ed Woodward as Manchester United finished the season without a trophy.
United disappointed the Europa League final this week, but the campaign is seen by the club’s board as a progression after finishing second in the Premier League and reaching their first final under Solskjaer.
The Norwegian, 48, has one more season on his current contract and will open talks on a three-year extension. He will also be backed by up to four signings to strengthen his squad in a bid to close the gap with champions Manchester City.
Jadon Sancho is Solskjaer’s main target as a wide attacker which is a key position to be reinforced. The United manager would also like a striker, a young central midfielder and a defender.
Borussia Dortmund are reportedly desperate to sell this summer to raise funds, while a spending list could be headed by the potential sale of David De Gea or Dean Henderson, with both keepers unhappy at the prospect of starting next season . as number two.
Sancho, 21, was a target a year ago but a deal could not be reached with Dortmund, who refused to lower their price by £ 108million. The England forward is expected to leave Westfalenstadion this summer for a lower price and is Solskjaer’s first choice as a wide forward.
Aston Villa forward Jack Grealish is also admired by United, but bringing Sancho back to England is Solskjaer’s preference.
The deal was changed by Harry Kane who wanted to leave Tottenham, but Daniel Levy would have to fight to keep the England captain. Danny Ings of Southampton was among the other players United watched.
United would like to bring in a young central midfielder, one in the mold of Rennes’ Eduardo Camavinga, but he would be a player of the future rather than having an immediate impact.
This, and others, will be conducted under United’s “transfer by committee” policy, a policy which will be led by Woodward despite his resignation following the European Super League debacle last month. Woodward will remain at the head of United’s transfer plans for as long as he serves as the club’s executive vice president, with his departure date still slated for late 2021.
United group chief executive Richard Arnold is generally expected to follow Woodward in his role, keeping the club’s policy of promoting from within. Arnold also figures prominently on a transfer committee that includes business experts such as Matt Judge, United’s corporate development manager, and United’s chief financial officer Cliff Baty.
Judge has been described as United’s ‘chief negotiator’ when it comes to the financial aspect of transfers, although the Glazers, via Woodward, have always maintained a very hands-on approach and must sign all aspects of the deals.
The “committee” also includes Solskjaer himself, John Murtough, new director of football at Old Trafford, and “technical director” Darren Fletcher, as well as representatives from United’s scouting department.
But as long as he remains in office, Woodward will oversee the transfer activity, in part in order to effect a smooth transfer to his friend Arnold.
Solskjaer had admitted he wouldn’t judge the season successful without the win over Villarreal on Wednesday and in the fallout from the marathon penalty shootout loss he has other team issues to work out.
Donny van de Beek will seek assurances on his position in the United squad after last summer’s £ 40million signing was an unused substitute for the final. Solskjaer made five changes but turned to Juan Mata and Dan James before the Dutch midfielder.
Paul Pogba’s situation will also be at the center of attention, with the Premier League’s most expensive signing with one season remaining on his contract. There is no definitive indication of how United will approach the possibility of their signing of £ 89million from 2016 leaving as a free agent.