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“The money is there” – Solskjaer opens up about Man Utd’s transfer plans

By Harry Edwards

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Published: 17:56, 17 October 2019

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists the club do have money to bolster their squad in the transfer windows.

The Red Devils have endured a poor start to the new Premier League campaign, currently sitting 12th in the table with just two wins from their opening eight games.

Will Man Utd sign any players in January? Five things to know…

  • Manchester United signed three new players in the summer, bringing in Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James.
  • But fans had hoped for more activity with the club looking to fight for a top four spot.
  • Manchester United had also been linked with the likes of Bruno Fernandes and Paulo Dybala in the summer.
  • Ole Gunnar Solksjaer has allayed fears of a lack of funds, insisting the “money is there”.
  • Manchester United are currently 12th in the Premier League after eight games.

Manchester United are without a win in their past three, a run that has included two defeats to West Ham United and Newcastle United, with the Red Devils failing to score on both occasions.

At the start of the season, Manchester United were expected to be keeping up with the race for the top four, but they currently sit five points behind fourth-placed Leicester City and just two above the relegation zone.

Despite spending big in the summer, bringing in Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James for a combined total of £140m, some believes Manchester United didn’t do enough in the summer transfer window – given the players that left the club at the same time.

But Solskjaer has rebutted claims the club do not have the funds to sign more players, insisting the lack of transfers was due to not finding the right stars.

“The money is there,” he told Sky Sports.

“We’ve been looking at players and we were close to a couple but it’s not right if you don’t get the right players. The money is there to strengthen in January and in the summer.

“We’re planning and we’re looking. We’re refining our targets, but just before the summer transfer window ended, the ready-made players weren’t there.

“But the resources are there if the right players are available.”

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Solskjaer holding no regrets over summer business

Among the players to leave Old Trafford in the summer were Romelu Lukaku, Ander Herrera, Antonio Valencia, Matteo Darmian, Chris Smalling and Alexis Sanchez – the latter two on temporary moves to Serie A.

Solskjaer’s decision to allow these players to leave has also come under criticism this season, with Manchester United in particular lacking a goalscoring threat.

The Red Devils have managed nine goals in their opening eight Premier League games, but four of those came in their opening weekend win over Chelsea.

Despite this, Solskjaer remains adamant he made the right decision with his sales.

“In one-off games, you think we could’ve had a number of extra players with experience,” he added.

“Alexis and Rom are goalscorers and good players, but at the moment, we made those decisions and they were the right decisions.

“That’s the only way you’ve got to look at it. All the players here want to give everything for the club and for the shirt – that’s a big thing.

“Every day that they come in training, and every day that they put the shirt on, they’re going to give everything that they have. So you can’t really say, ‘oh I wish I didn’t do that’.”

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