Man Utd legend Bryan Robson reveals how many more deals Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs to seal
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is looking to strengthen his squad this summer after the club missed out on Champions League football when they finished sixth in the Premier League last season.
When he took over from Jose Mourinho last season Solskjaer’s attacking tactical approach quickly won over the players and fans.
However, their season tailed off after being knocked out of the Champions League by Barcelona, as they went on to register only one win in their last seven league games.
United wasted little time after the transfer window opened to get the players the Norwegian wanted, with the club first sealing Daniel James’ £15million move from Championship side Swansea and then followed that up by signing Aaron Wan-Bissaka for £50m from Crystal Palace.
With the squad and the players we’ve got, we must do better than last season
And with the acquisitions Robson feels Solskjaer now has the players in his squad to improve on last season’s performance.
“With the squad and the players we’ve got, we must do better than last season,” Robson said.
“We’ve bought two new players, in Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James, young lads with great potential.”
However, Robson, who spent 13 years at United, feels the addition to two more players could be enough to compete the with their rivals Manchester City and Liverpool.
“I’m really positive and confident,” he added.
“I’d like to see one or two new signings and then we can compete with the best.”
One area of the squad Solskjaer would like to strength is his defence after Untied conceded 54 goals in the league last season – their highest total in 40 years – and has his sights set on Leicester City’s Harry Maguire.
United have already submitted a bid of £70m for the England international but that was rejected by the Foxes, who are looking for a world-record fee for their centre-back.
It is understood Leicester are using the sale of Virgil van Dijk to Liverpool, for £75m 18 months ago, as a barometer for their valuation of Maguire.
United are hopeful a compromise can be reached but Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers recently warned the Red Devils that there is a time limit on any potential deal and it is before the transfer window closes.
The Northern Irish coach insisted a cut-off point is necessary as the club “can’t leave ourselves short”, while also taking the opportunity to clarify that Leicester are not in a position where they have to sell as Maguire – with the defender recently signing a long-term £130,000-a-week deal.
With three weeks left before the summer transfer closes at 5pm on Thursday, August 8, Rogers also confirmed Maguire has been made aware the Foxes won’t wait until deadline day for a deal to be finalised.
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