Solskjaer: ‘Hopefully we can sign some of 250 players’

Date published: Saturday 4th May 2019 8:35

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists that Manchester United recruitment plans for the summer are going well, and that he will have the final say on transfers.

The Norwegian is in talks with United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward alongside assistant Mike Phelan and claims that high-profile players want to join the club despite the prospect of no Champions League football next season.

“I’ll have a final say if a player comes in or goes out,” Solskjaer insisted. “And we’ve got regular meetings.

“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.

“In the long-term planning, we have to think about [the Champions League]. 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. Not touting, that’s not the best word is it? 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.”

It’s also the lure of the wages on offer at United, with the club famously over-paying players in an attempt to haul themselves back in contention with Manchester City.

“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. But players still want to come to Man United and you wouldn’t be surprised by the names that you get asked.”

They really do need to sort out that sporting director situation.

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