Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has warned his board they cannot afford to stand still. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has urged the Manchester United hierarchy to open their chequebook, amid the club’s transfer stalemate so far in this summer.
The United boss has sent a firm message to Ed Woodward and the Glazer family when speaking about the need to improve his squad, on the eve of the Europa League semi-final versus Sevilla.
He explained, “It’s a race. You can see several teams building. We’re always looking at the squad and player logistics. “It is definitely about quality – and it is going to cost money to get in players who are better than the ones we already have.
“We’re just working as normal and sticking to a plan. Qualifying for the Champions League brings us a harder schedule, but it also gives us more motivation to be in with the best and challenging. That will make these players better. “Champions League makes us more sporting and financially attractive, so that’s another factor.”
Solskjaer is a huge admirer of Jadon Sancho but Manchester United’s stance has prompted the German club to say Sancho is not for sale, but Solskjaer is eager to improve his squad with additions of quality players who can improve the already existing squad.
While Solskjaer’s side finished the season strongly to secure third-place in the Premier League, they ended up being 15 points behind City and 33 points shy of the Reds.
The Red Devils haven’t won the league since 2013, with their last piece of silverware now dating back to 2017. Solskjaer is under no illusions that United have a long way to go if they are to challenge Liverpool and Manchester City for the league title next season.
Manchester United boss has spent around £170 million so far on Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Daniel James, Harry Maguire, and Bruno Fernandes and they have proven to be a successful signing.
“We still have a way to go to get to the level of the teams at the top of the Premier League,” he added, with United finishing third in the Premier League in 2019/20. “They are too far ahead of us. “We are still growing, getting better of course, but we are not the finished article. Nowhere near.
“You need to plan ahead. It is not just about 11, 12, or 13 players. You have to have 19, 20, 21, or 22 that you really rely on because if you play every three days for a full year it’s going to be mentally and physically difficult.