Solskjaer gives update on possible ‘marquee’ signing at Man Utd


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said Manchester United are looking to improve the squad, but wouldn’t be pressured into making big signings after his side were eliminated out of the Europa League by Sevilla.

The Red devils were beaten 2-1 by Sevilla in the semi-finals and finish the campaign on a frustrating note despite a promising season.

United have been heavily linked with a transfer move for Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho and were believed to be closing in on signing the England international.

But Dortmund have now pulled the plug on a possible transfer and insisted that the player will be staying at the club after United missed the deadline to complete the deal.

‘It’s not about marquee, it’s about quality,’ Solskjaer said when asked about the need for United to make a ‘marquee signing’. ‘It’s about quality and the right personalities. We might look at it today and see where we need to improve it.’

Sancho and Solskjaer
Solskjaer refused to give an update on Jadon Sancho

Solskjaer was asked about United’s interest in Sancho specifically, but refused to give an update. He replied: ‘I’m not commenting on other teams’ players, that’s just how the world works.’

Solskjaer gave more details on his comments in his post-game press conference, saying United had to be certain about committing to big money deals.

‘I cannot say when or if transfers will be done but we are looking at it and we’ll have to sit down because it’s a quick turnaround,’ Solskjaer said.

‘We’ve got to be 100 per cent sure when we make those deals. ‘It’s going to be a strange summer. We’ve only got a couple weeks away from each other until we get going again.

‘That’s going to be a mental challenge. Of course, we’ll keep pushing and keep demanding more of players we have but we’re looking to improve.

‘It’s a strange one. The league starts very quickly but the market’s open for so long. We’ve got to be good smart and clever.

‘We definitely need to improve if you want to move up the table and take steps further in the cups. ‘I’ve never had three semi-finals in one season so that’s one of those things you’re disappointed in.

‘We are working to improve what we have, we’ve had spells with injuries and spells where players have played a lot. We’re always looking to improve the squad.’


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