The Red Devils’ manager accepts that reinforcements are necessary at Old Trafford, but he insists that every attempt will be made to keep crucial players.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is promising summer additions at Manchester United after his side’s “second best” result in 2020-21, with the Red Devils manager indicating that a new striker may be on his shopping list.
Change is anticipated at Old Trafford after a season in which the club finished second in the Premier League and Europa League.
Following the supporter-led outcry against their ownership that follows the Super League catastrophe, the Glazer family has pledged to make cash available, with Solskjaer now deciding how to spend them.
Solskjaer told TV2 about his immediate future plans: “We are second best, but too far behind to pose a threat to those who won.” We must fortify ourselves.
“Undoubtedly, something will transpire during the transfer window. The world has changed dramatically in the last 15-16 months, but we still need to make some changes in the transfer window and with the team.
“It is impossible to take a step back. You are always on the lookout for reinforcements. Football is a dynamic sport, which means that unforeseen events such as injuries, sickness, or the desire to relocate might occur.
“You must think and ponder on everything conceivable. I will never sit back and say, ‘Now the team is exactly as I want it to be,’ because you will always see other players or teams accomplishing something you want.”
The Red Devils are thought to have lined up a number of targets, with Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho once again featuring heavily on their recruiting radar.
Additionally, defensive reinforcements are being considered, with Raphael Varane and Pau Torres being linked, while more firepower in the last third may be sought.
United have extended Edinson Cavani’s contract by a year, while rumours of interest in Tottenham striker Harry Kane continues.
“It was critical, since we have yet to see him at his finest. He arrived in October having not played football in seven months,” Solskjaer stated of Cavani and his striker intentions.
“Getting in shape takes time, even if he takes care of himself. He had a few injuries and minor annoyances, and it is only lately that we have began to witness some of his greatest work. When he gains this experience and a run-up, he will be far better than he was this year, despite his increasing age.
“I am very happy that it has happened, but that does not mean that we are not looking for someone who can challenge or learn from him.”
Is there any other business?
While Solskjaer is trying to enhance his squad in the coming weeks, he is also keen to ensure that no important members go – with rumors surrounding World Cup winner Paul Pogba as he enters the last year of his contract.
“We want the best players here,” United’s manager said. “The club understands what I want.”
“I do not know how the dialogue goes, but if we are to fight for the best trophies, we must have the best players.”