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Solskjaer believes Man Utd retain transfer market power

By Mohamed Moallim

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Published: 18:27, 14 January 2020

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has rubbished any suggestion that Manchester United no longer hold power in the transfer market.

The record 20-time English champions are under pressure from supporters to strengthen their first-team squad in the January transfer window following a topsy-turvy 2019/20 campaign.

A busy January for Man Utd? Five key things to know…

  • Man Utd are linked with Sporting CP midfielder Bruno Fernandes who is reportedly valued at £70m.
  • Fernandes was a reported target for United last summer but it proved to be not serious.
  • The Red Devils have a policy in place to try and sign players of interest during the winter transfer window should an opportunity arise.
  • Since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson, Man Utd have made just two winter signings: Juan Mata (2014) and Alexis Sánchez (2018).
  • Man Utd are among several Premier League teams chasing a 2020/21 Champions League spot.

United currently find themselves fifth in the Premier League table, with 16 matches remaining this season, but five points adrift of the Champions League places and competition for the top four is currently fierce.

Elsewhere they remain in both domestic cup competitions, for now at least, as they host Wolves in a FA Cup third-round replay and have to overturn a 3-1 deficit against Manchester City to reach next month’s Carabao Cup final.

Solskjaer oversaw three major acquisitions last summer — with Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Harry Maguire and Daniel James all becoming fixtures in his team — and there’s suggestion Bruno Fernandes, who they were strongly linked to before this season, could finally make that move to Old Trafford.

However, in recent years seeing United dip into the January transfer market has been rare, they didn’t last year and this, coupled with missing out on first choices, has led to suggestions they’re losing their touch which Solskjaer dismissed.

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“The most important thing for me is we get the results sorted and the performances on the pitch,” he told reporters.

“But I know that we’ve got the resources, we’ve got the backing. If we need to go into the transfer market we are still up there so we’re still in a good place.”

“I’ve got no transfer updates,” he added when asked about the latest on Fernandes. “If we get something we can tell you about we will, but we’ve got no news now.”