Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer pushing the Glazers into making three signings
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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is pushing the Glazers into making three signings, according to reports. The Norwegian has steered his side to second in the Premier League table. But he knows he needs more if he’s to win the Premier League title for the first time since 2013.
Manchester United have spent shrewdly under Solskjaer.
Daniel James, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire have all been successes, albeit to varying degrees, since their arrivals in 2019.
And Bruno Fernandes has been a huge hit upon signing from Sporting Lisbon in the January transfer window of 2020, with the likes of Edinson Cavani and Alex Telles being useful assets, too.
United know, however, they need more reinforcements if they’re to win the title for the first time since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement nearly eight years ago.
And the Daily Record say Solskjaer is lobbying the Glazers into making signings in defence, midfield and attack.
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While they appear to be the Norwegian’s priorities, though, it seems United are currently prioritising a new goalkeeper.
It’s claimed ‘talks have already started’ over the potential arrival of a new shot-stopper.
The futures of both Dean Henderson and David De Gea are currently up in the air, with both players being linked with moves away.
Henderson is wanted by Borussia Dortmund and Tottenham, and could quit Old Trafford if he’s not guaranteed the No 1 jersey next term.
De Gea, meanwhile, has been linked with PSG, Juventus and Bayern Munich – and may be allowed to depart given United are keen to invest in a new goalkeeper.
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Gianluigi Donnarumma has been mooted as a target by other publications.
And United, it seems, are looking at improving across the board as they look to end their agonising wait for the trophy they crave most.
For defence, Raphael Varane could be the solution.
The France international has been at Real Madrid ever since signing from Lens back in the summer transfer window of 2011 and, now, is mulling over a new challenge elsewhere.
Jules Kounde has emerged as a target, too, with the France international shining for Sevilla.
In midfield, Declan Rice is under consideration amid his impressive performances for West Ham.
And, up top, rumours tipping the club to pursue Borussia Dortmund pair Erling Haaland and Jadon Sancho are refusing to go away.
Meanwhile, Solskjaer has sent a cautious message to the club’s supporters – warning them the club won’t spend without good reason this summer.
“[The pandemic] is definitely affecting everyone in football. Of course the lack of income, the finances have affected everyone,” he said.
“We have to be realistic and responsible in the way we do our business both on and off the pitch. There are improvements on the training ground, stadium – we have to look at the whole picture.
“Where can we spend the money? And how much is there? It’s just the real world now. It has changed.”
He then added: “You can look at it different ways [with a] rebuild. We also have players in the academy that we now can maybe give opportunities.
“All clubs in the world are going through the same situation so it’s no different for other clubs than for us. I think there’s just going to be less and less transfers happening in the world of football with all these changes.”
United are next in action against Manchester City on Sunday.
And they’ll be looking for a repeat of what happened last term, with the Red Devils winning 2-1 at the Etihad Stadium.
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