Monday 19 August 2019

'We're supposed to sign 250 players' - Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on transfers, United's lack of goals and his David de Gea decision

Manchester United's David de Gea jokes with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Manchester United's David de Gea jokes with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed that he will have the final say on all transfer matters at the club, even after a new Sporting Director is appointed.

Solskjaer is supportive of the club's plans to dilute the influence over transfer policy away from Ed Woodward, the club's executive vice-chairman, with a new structure being put in place that will support Solskjaer and his coaching team in recruitment.

Former United defender Rio Ferdinand and Solskjaer's current assistant manager Mike Phelan are among those being linked with the Sporting Director role and the club's manager insists he will have the deciding vote on transfer deals.

"I'll have a final say if a player comes in or goes out," stated Solskjaer. "I'm happy with the way it's going and we're supposed to sign 250 players because you're all writing about players we should sign, so hopefully we can get players in you have written about as well. So you never know.

"We might be in the Champions League next year, we might not be and you'd be surprised how many agents have been touting their players to us.

"Telling us their players, their clients would love to be a part of Man United in the future. And that's just the lure of Man United, they know, the potential and size of the club, they know in the end that we will get back to the good days.

"We're having a tough time at the moment, in the last few seasons, we've not gone up to the standards we expect but it's up to me and the club to change it as quickly as possible if it's a season without Champions League, who knows. Players still want to come to Man United and you wouldn't be surprised by the names that you get asked."

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Solskjaer went on to suggest his strikers need to find their shooting boots in the final two games of the Premier League season, with United facing an uphill struggle to secure a top-four finish as they prepare to face Huddersfield on Sunday.

"In difficult periods for strikers, you do extra finishing training, you do extra crossing, just to get the confidence up," he said. "We've tried to get the feel-good factor and that good feeling back into the players.

"We haven't scored enough of the chances we've created. When I first came in we were very efficient but now the margins have gone against us. We've been working on creating chances and scoring again."

Solskjaer also confirmed goalkeeper David de Gea will start against Huddersfield despite a recent collapse in form, with his second choice keeper Sergio Romero ruled out with a knee injury.

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