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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says summer transfers are restoring Man Utd’s “X factor”

By Mohamed Moallim

Published: 18:18, 6 July 2019

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes signing Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka brings an X-factor to Manchester United.

The record 20-time English champions are in another rebuilding phase following a disappointing 2018/19 campaign.

United finished outside the Champions League places (sixth) last season and saw manager Jose Mourinho replaced halfway through by Solskjaer, initially on an interim basis.

Solskjaer, a club legend, signed a three-year contract in March but ended with just one win from nine games, losing six of those. It was a contrast to how it all started for him – 10 wins from 11 – though now the focus is on overhauling United’s squad and challenging for honours next season

In what is expected to be a busy summer, with players coming and going, the Red Devils have acquired the services of winger James (Swansea City) and right-back Wan-Bissaka (Crystal Palace), with Solskjaer believing them to be the kind of footballers United supporters have traditionally loved.

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“Well, I know this club, the supporters, staff, coaches and team-mates, we want players who can get us off the edge of their seats as well,” he told Man Utd’s official website.

“Both these players have X-factors, real X-factors, and are great, humble human beings who are hard-working, hungry and just at the start of their careers. I’m sure the fans will be delighted when they see their progress.

“They are here now. Now it’s up to them to take the opportunity and prove their worth.

“Of course, we don’t expect them to set the world alight on the first day, but they are going to grow into big and very good Manchester United players.”

Busy summer for United: Five key things to know…

  • Welsh forward Daniel James arrived from Swansea City for a reported £15m.
  • He was then joined by Aaron Wan-Bissaka from Crystal Palace for a reported £50m.
  • Paul Pogba has recently spoken about seeking a “new challenge” amid strong links with Real Madrid.
  • Romelu Lukaku has been heavily associated with a move to Inter Milan.
  • United’s first pre-season game is on July 13 against Perth Glory.