Ole Gunnar Solskjær believes Raphaël Varane and Jadon Sancho will make a “huge difference” for Manchester United. After finishing second in the Premier League and Europa League last season, the Old Trafford giants have been making waves in the transfer market in an attempt to bring the silverware back to the club.
Sancho completed his £ 73million transfer from Borussia Dortmund last week and United announced on Tuesday that a deal has been reached with Real Madrid for Varane, a long-standing target. The World Cup-winning French defender has agreed to personal terms of a four-year contract with the option of another season, with the contract to be signed after completing his post-quarantine medical.
“Of course, very happy that we managed to make a deal with Real Madrid,” said Solskjær. “The medical exam should hopefully be OK and it’s a proven winner. He is a player that we have followed for many, many years.
“I know Sir Alex [Ferguson] was very, very close to signing him, so this time around we have him at the other end of his career. He has proven throughout his career that he is above all a good person, a professional, and he won it all. I am very happy to have our two players.
“First of all, the club are showing ambition with one of the most exciting young strikers in world football and one of the most respected center-backs in the world. With him, of course, we also have different ways of playing. I see different ways of playing with Raphaël. I can’t wait to let him in. Hope we can sort this out ASAP.
When asked when the medical exam could take place with the Covid-19 restrictions in place, Solskjær said: “From what I know the club are working on the fastest possible solution to sort everything out. . I don’t know the timescale yet. Of course, there is now a visa for England with Brexit and quarantine, so everything has to be done as quickly as possible, but within the rules.
Varane and Sancho are statement signings from the club, who have also brought Tom Heaton back and are still looking to do more business this summer.
“I think, as I said before, that every manager would be happy if the deals were made earlier and earlier and this year we managed to sort it out,” Solskjær said after the 2-2 draw. of Wednesday against Brentford in front of 30,000 fans at Old Trafford. “I think the two we have will make a huge difference for us, both this season in the short term but also in the long term. Raphael is in his prime as a central defender. he is the same age  like harry [Maguire], one year older than Eric [Bailly] and a few years older than Victor [Lindelöf, who is actually 27] So I have a fantastic group of center-backs.
“With Jadon too, with the young forwards that we have, it’s exciting. As a manager, you can’t ask for more support when you have these two there as early as we do. We’ve already rushed to the end of the window and now I think, I have to say, we’re in a good position. The preseason is always tough, however, in a championship year no matter the pandemic with quarantine and isolation.
“You can see the team tonight, there are still plenty of young people. Everyone who worked in the preseason did well and now they are coming in very little form. We don’t have time to catch up, so the other latecomers who don’t have a decent preseason or who aren’t in good shape when they arrive, they might have a hard time getting into the squad because today hui it was a very good performance. ”
Solskjær added that United will decide with Marcus Rashford whether they need to have shoulder surgery in the coming days.