Wednesday 19 June 2019

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer suggests he will look for more than mere talent as he identifies transfer targets

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Photo: Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Photo: Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has outlined the qualities he will be looking as he strives to rebuild a squad that ended the season on a low note.

A 2-0 home defeat against already relegated Cardiff last Sunday meant United finished 32 points behind champions Manchester City, with Solskjaer openly admitting he is planning a huge revamp of his squad in the next couple of months.

Star named have been linked with a move to Old Trafford, but Solskjaer has told the club's website that he will be looking at more than talent when he identifies his chief targets.

"You have to have a certain kind of attitude about you to make you a Manchester United player," said. "You have got to have the qualities and our fans want to see exciting players.

"Of course we want to get up from our seats. We want to see defenders who defend like they're doing it for their lives, that's the most important thing.

"We've tried to educate our players and our kids to be proper people. In my view, the best players have always been the best people.

"It's always been in our culture. You have to have that work ethic and we're scouting the market, trying to find the right ones.

"I'm excited by the whole project. I know it's a great responsibility being in charge of this great club. It's a big responsibility, but the only thing I can promise is I will do it to the best of my ability.

"Keep supporting the team as you've always done. Keep believing that when we come back, we'll give everything to get back to where we belong. Next season, we'll start afresh and I can't wait to get it going."

Solskjaer was given the backing of United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward on Thursday, as he confirmed the club are ready to finance a summer of spending designed to lift the cloud of gloom that has gathered over the club in the last year.

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