Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits he ‘can’t ask for more’ as trophy pressure increases at Man Utd – .

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits he ‘can’t ask for more’ as trophy pressure increases at Man Utd – .


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer knows the pressure is firmly on him to succeed this season after being backed in the transfer market by Manchester United.

United were the fastest to come out of blocks in the transfer market this summer, with the combined £ 115million capture of Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane.

Solskjaer admitted he couldn’t have asked for more support from United’s hierarchy, with potentially two more arrivals before the window closes, with his total transfer expenses since taking over in 2018 already at 385, £ 5million.

But with that financial support comes a condition of handing over trophies, with Solskjaer under pressure to deliver United’s first silverware since the Europa League triumph in 2017, under his predecessor Jose Mourinho.








The pressure will be on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to win trophies next season
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“As a manager you can’t ask for more support when you have both as soon as we have it,” Solskjaer said.

“Every manager would be happy the sooner and the sooner deals are made. This year, we managed to fix the problem.

“The two we’ve signed will make a huge difference to us this season in the short term and also in the long term.

“Raphaël is in the prime of his life, he is the same age as Harry Maguire, a year older than Eric Bailly and a few years older than Victor. I have a fantastic group of central defenders.

“With Jadon too, and with the young forwards that we have, it’s exciting. “

United have been accused of acting indecisively and late in transfer windows in recent years, but Solskajer said their decisive and early move this summer to secure top targets has given them the best chance of success.

“We’ve already rushed towards the end of the window,” Solskjaer said. “Now I have to say I think we are in a good position. “

Meanwhile, United have called off a pre-season friendly with Preston after positive cases of Covid at Old Trafford.

The Red Devils have confirmed that a “small number” of first-team players and staff tested positive via lateral flow tests carried out on Thursday, forcing them to self-isolate.

It is understood that eight United players and staff have tested positive.

The outbreak prompted the cancellation of Friday’s friendly match in Preston, in front of an expected crowd of 16,000.

Those who tested positive are now in isolation, awaiting further testing.

A statement on United’s website says: “Maintaining the security of Covid is a priority for Manchester United.

“Following the routine testing of the first team training group on Thursday, we identified a small number of suspected positive cases.

“This has led these people to self-isolate, pending further testing.

“As a precautionary measure based on the Covid protocols, we have made the difficult decision that we will now not be able to play the friendly against Preston North End this Saturday.

“We regret the disruption of Preston North End and the disappointment caused to the fans.

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