Monday 20 May 2019

'Some need a reality check' - Ole Gunnar Solskjaer talks transfers as he urges his players to prove their worth at Man United

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer knows he has a big summer ahead (Nick Potts/PA)
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer knows he has a big summer ahead (Nick Potts/PA)
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed Manchester United are scouring the planet in the hunt for new players after admitting some of his current squad 'need a reality check' over where they are in their careers.

After Solskjaer admitted his United side were 'several levels behind' Barcelona following their comprehensive Champions League quarter-final defeat against the Spanish champions, he is now turnings thoughts to Sunday's Premier League game at Everton.

A victory is needed to keep United's hopes of a top-four finish on track, yet the rumour mill is already starting to roll as the club are being linked with big money moves for some of the biggest names in the game.

"I don't know if all these critics know what's happening, we've got scouts scouring the planet for good footballers and we'll sign players we think is the right fit," confirmed Solskjaer. "Personality wise, price wise quality wise and can you have longevity at this club and I'm confident we'll get the players.

"I've been speaking to the club, we know that we have to be realistic and have a job to be done there's no quick fix, it's not like (we can) buy seven players and we're in the right shape. We have to take step by step.

"There will be signings made but also has to be thoughts about players, sit down, have a pre-season, I can't wait for it to come.

"The players have got to come back and know what is expected of them take ownership of that while on holiday and it will be great to see who's coming back and as I said first of all this focus has to be on Everton."

Solskjaer went on to reflect on his side's defeat against Barcelona, as he insisted lessons needed to be learned from a night at the Nou Camp and suggested some of his star names are not realising their potential at United.

"You have to get on with it quickly and just accept we're out of Champions League," he continued. "No shame in going out to Barcelona and we know we're behind over the two leg then again the disappointment on the night is we had a go, had a great start and couldn't take advantage of the first 15 mins and we seemed to surprised them with energy and enthusiasm.

"Then two goals and game over. Attitude and effort was good you have to stick together, you now you're out and the lads worked together and stuck together and make sure we can go into these three games in a decent state.

"I've learnt a lot about them over the months here now and you get to know them.

"Most of them have really impressed in their attitude and some need to get a reality check of where they're at - but most of them know they can improve if they keep working as they do.

"Every day in training, every game when you're playing, there's no hiding place and everyone can see what your level is at.

"Every day in training, every game when you're playing there's no hiding place and everyone can see what your levels at we're working with fantastic staff to create this culture, players to take ownership of what's happening here as well.

"In the end, the performances on the pitch will determine where they're at in their careers if it's short term or long term every single day and that's what we spoke about at Barca, when you're at big stadiums, you've got to step up, make good decisions and I'm looking forward to this period."

Solskjaer insisted his players have not allowed their performance levels to drop since he was named as United's permanent manager last month, as he painted an upbeat image of the future under his leadership.

"When we came in on December 19th and where we're at now, I think anyone would have taken that now we've got five games to see if we can finish it off," he added.

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