Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed Manchester United are ‘looking at players and targets’ as they would do at this stage but says the financial impact of the pandemic may limit the club.
United were left disappointed as they missed out on their priority target, Jadon Sancho, last summer but still ended up spending a total of £76.6m on new players.
Sancho remains on United’s radar – with Dortmund reportedly reducing their asking price for the player – and a couple of big-name players continue to be linked with moves to the club.
Bruno Fernandes has set the bar high for new arrivals since his move from Sporting Lisbon and Solskjaer would be delighted if future signings make half the impact he has at the club so far.
But the Norwegian coach has cast doubt over the Red devils doing any major business due to the uncertainty caused by Covid-19 pandemic.
‘I still think we’re doing the same planning, preparation,’ the United head coach told reporters. ‘But, of course, the pandemic has changed the market and it’s changed the world and it might affect what we can do.
‘We just have to see where we’re at in the next few months but we’re looking at players and targets as we normally would do.
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‘We have done some very good business in the last few windows I feel and it’s not like wholesale changes we need to make. It’s the odd contribution and addition to the squad.’
Meanwhile, Solskjaer hinted Paul Pogba could be on the verge of signing a new deal with ‘good, open dialogue’ taking place.
‘Speculation about Paul is always going to be there. We’ve got a good, open dialogue with Paul, but what we talk about and how we see that situation remains between us,’ he added.
‘I’m just happy he’s focused, that he’s playing really well and that he’s happy within himself. That’s important – you can see Paul enjoying football himself with a red shirt on.
‘Our conversations remain private, of course. But Paul is a Man United player through and through. ‘He’s been here in two spells. He came as a kid and he’s learnt about the history of the club, the passion of the club, and he wants to do the best for Man United when he’s here.
‘We’ve seen that he really cares for his team and he’s trying to be as successful as everyone else. But our conversations must remain private.’