Ole Gunnar Solskjaer still wants five more to transform Manchester United

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is understood to be chasing five new recruits as he bids to turn the club into title contenders once more.

United’s squad was exposed for all to see during the 1-1 draw with West Ham at Old Trafford. Solskjaer’s men edged to a point that means if they avoid defeat at Leicester their will clinch a top-four spot.

That would have been the Norwegian’s brief when he took over from Jose Mourinho and embarked on his first full campaign as United boss last summer.

They will not want to limp over the line against their top-four rivals Leicester on Sunday, but the United boss is well aware he still needs to significantly strengthen his hand.

He acknowledged as much after the draw.

“We wanted to have goalscorers out there and score goals,” said Solskajer. “We know Bruno [Fernandes], Paul [Pogba], Mason, Anthony [Martial], they can create a goal in any second, Marcus as well.

“Of course we wanted to win the game, it would have been nice to go into Sunday with a win but we are where we are.”

The Telegraph reports that Solskjaer and his assistant Mike Phelan felt United needed nine new players when they took over permanently from Jose Mourinho.

 

 

The paper claims “little has changed” and with four new players signing in the 16 months since they took over – that leaves five more to come.

With Dan James, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Harry Maguire and Bruno Fernandes all added to the squad, apparently Solskjaer still wants a right winger, striker, midfielder, centre-back and “probably another full-back”.

In addition, the paper say a new goalkeeper could well be added to the list unless Solskajer can solve the current conundrum with the players he has got.

‘EXTRA CAUTION’ ON SIGNINGS

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Whether or not Solskajer will get his five new signings is open to debate, with three new additions being the number touted around of late.

Jadon Sancho is widely believed to by United’s top target, and BBC journalist Simon Stone believes United are sure they can negotiate a deal for the England forward and that he will be one of three summer signings.

Writing in his latest programme notes on Wednesday, Woodward promised that United would not cease their spending completely.

“The ongoing disruption from the pandemic – and the economic pressures it has created – has shown why it is so important for football clubs to focus on their financial stability,” he wrote (via the Daily Express).

“We are fortunate to have a strong and resilient commercial business which has supported long-term investment in our team.

“That will continue, albeit with extra caution in the coming months as we navigate our way through this uncertain period.”

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