Joel Glazer’s promise to Solskjaer over Man Utd transfer plans despite debt

Manchester United's executive co-chairman Joel Glazer has promised to back Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the summer transfer window.

The Glazer family came under pressure to sell the club following their involvement in the proposed European Super League, but have since vowed to regain the trust of supporters.

Glazer attended an online United fans forum earlier this month, during which he made clear his ambition to continue investing into the squad.

The Red Devils finished 12 points behind Premier League champions Manchester City last season and will now be aiming to close the gap next campaign.

United fans are hoping to see Jadon Sancho become one of the club's first new recruits as Glazer revealed he is planning for a "meaningful" transfer window.

"It [debt and dividend payments] has never stood in the way of us pursuing players or transfers on the pitch," he said.

"We may have walked away from transfers at times because the other side wanted an outlandish number. And while it's easy to pay it that one time, it does have consequences.

"You do it once and the next person expects it, and then the next person expects it. And that's not good, ultimately, for the club. So, we think that we're able to accomplish all these things and still have.

"We're going to keep investing on the pitch, which we did last year, and we plan on doing it meaningfully this year. So, we feel that we're in a good spot."

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The COVID-19 pandemic has certainly impacted the transfer market.

Clubs across Europe currently have less money to spend after over a year of supporters shut out from stadiums, affecting player prices in the process.

But Glazer believes the club remain on the path to success despite the challenges they have faced in recent months.

"The pandemic hit and we have had to use a lot of our cash reserves because we didn't have any supporters in the stands, we didn't have the matchday revenue, and that has affected us, like it's affected all the clubs throughout Europe," he said.

"The difference is we've been able to keep investing. We're strong.

"Any other club that has won titles recently had years where they didn't win the league, then they moved up, they were successful and then everybody appreciates the way their structure is set up.

"We think we're on that path. We feel very good about where we're at. But at the end of the day, we all share the same goal; to win trophies.

"And we will make sure that everything is being done to put us in the best position to win trophies, we'll continue to do that. And we think we've set up a structure behind the scenes to deliver success."

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