Man Utd: Solskjaer urges team to use Europa pain to rebuild
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Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has spoken about the need to strengthen his squad this summer, admitting they are in need of “two or three players” in order to “challenge higher up the table.” Speaking ahead of United’s final game of the Premier League season, Solskjaer said: “Of course we’re planning as we normally do, that’s an ongoing process.
“We’re looking at the squad and I hope we’re going to strengthen with two or three players we definitely need to challenge higher up in the table.
“We’re still too far behind to think it’s just going to come by itself.
“We’ve had a few players on loan that might come back in. There is interest in a few others going out.
“You want to come out of the transfer window strengthened. It’s difficult to say, I can’t see too many outgoings.”
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Two players that have been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford this summer are Tottenham Hotspur star Harry Kane and Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho.
United have long been in the market for a right-winger and they failed in their attempts to sign Sancho last summer.
They are also one of three Premier League clubs, along with Chelsea and Manchester City, who have made contact with Kane’s representatives about signing him.
However, according to the Daily Mail, it is ‘unlikely’ that United would be able to afford to sign both players, after agreeing a contract extension with Edinson Cavani.
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Cavani put pen to paper on a one-year extension earlier this month and he will reportedly earn £15m in wages, meaning that ‘there is unlikely to be enough money left’ for both Sancho and Kane.
Former United defender Gary Neville recently claimed earlier this month that he does not expect the club to sign a new striker now that Cavani has agreed to stay, with Sancho a more likely addition.
“I don’t think they will sign another striker,” Neville said. “I haven’t got the contacts at the club I used to have, it’s my assumption.
“They’ve been desperate for Sancho and were criticised for not signing him but they could look exceptionally smart if they get him this summer for half the price.
“If United were to sign Kane, and Sancho as an example, then will Cavani play? Will Greenwood emerge? Will he have the growth that Man United want for him? Where will that leave Rashford? Where does Pogba fit in?
“I think Sancho comes in, he’ll play on the right hand side with a potential back-up of Greenwood. Up front you’ve got Cavani and Greenwood and they’ll want Greenwood to come through because he’s outstanding. On the left you’ve got Rashford and Martial.
“If you sign a Kane or a Haaland, which is what’s being mooted, I don’t think that basically works for Manchester United the way in which they’ve recruited in the last few years.
“I think it’s Sancho and that’s their business done.”
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