Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is prepared to challenge Ed Woodward on the club’s transfer business this summer, reports say. The Norwegian has landed five players since replacing Jose Mourinho in December 2018, with all of them proving to be successes. And with Jadon Sancho and Jack Grealish on their radar, the Red Devils boss doesn’t want things to stop there.
It’s been a turbulent campaign for Manchester United at times but, finally, they’ve found their best form.
Solskjaer appeared down and out when the club lost 2-0 to Burnley in December on a chastening night at Old Trafford but, in the time since then, they’ve lost just once.
United are 16 games unbeaten across all competitions at present and have flourished since the restart. They now sit just two points behind Chelsea in fourth as they aim to finish in the Champions League qualifying slots.
Despite that, however, Solskjaer knows more is required.
And the Evening Standard claim that the United manager is prepared to ‘challenge’ Woodward on possible transfer business this summer.
Sancho is their top target, despite the player’s conduct being called into question over at Borussia Dortmund.
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Solskjaer believes the England international would shine in his front three despite the brilliant form of talented teenager Mason Greenwood, who has scored 15 goals this term.
And he also wants to secure the signing of Grealish.
Express Sport understands the Aston Villa star is expecting to move to Old Trafford at the end of the campaign – and has already started house-hunting ahead of a potential transfer.
For a long time now it’s been suggested that United would only move for the Villa star should Paul Pogba leave, with the Frenchman linked with Real Madrid and Juventus.
But with Pogba set to stay that doesn’t appear to matter with Solskjaer still hoping to add Grealish to his star-studded squad come the summer.
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The United manager did, however, recently admit that he was unsure how much money he’d have to spend next term.
“I think the pandemic has hit everyone really hard,” said the Norwegian.
“I still think we need to wait and see how things are panning out to know the real effects of the pandemic, to know what kind of financial state we are in.
“You see some teams invest, some teams don’t.
“We’ll have to take a big look at things ourselves to see how hard we’ve been hit. I know the club has announced a few numbers before.
“It’s not for me to say here now we are going to have X amount because I don’t really know.
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“I don’t really know how hard we have been hit. We are a financially strong club, but we are also probably being hit more than anybody else.
“Let’s see how quickly we can get our fans back into the stadium and of course the league position is going to be important for us this season. If we can get a trophy, the FA Cup or the Europa League.
“The Europa League will also qualify us for the Champions League, there’s still a lot of uncertainty and these three or four months, every businessman in the world, every footballer in the world, I think everyone is still unsure what the effect will be.”
Woodward has previously warned fans it won’t be ‘business as normal’.
But with United on song again he, and Solskjaer, will be determined to improve the club further as they seek a first title since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement.
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