Man Utd icon Peter Schmeichel sends January transfer window demand to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Manchester United need to be active in the January transfer window and sign players who can improve the first-team squad at Old Trafford, claims club icon Peter Schmeichel.

United are still reeling from Sunday’s 1-0 defeat against Arsenal at Old Trafford.

The Red Devils face Istanbul Basaksehir in the Champions League this week as they look to recover from the loss.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has faced hefty criticism in light of United’s start to the season, with some suggesting he could be sacked before long if results don’t improve.

But Schmeichel believes the club is still suffering from the loss of Sir Alex Ferguson back in 2013, and are still a developing team.

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Speaking to beIN Sports after the Arsenal match, the former goalkeeper explained that he feels the club needs a new identity, and that Solskjaer needs to continue spending this January.

Schmeichel explained that there was a clear contrast between the two sides because Arsenal had a recognisable style of play, whereas United did not.

He said: “They are inconsistent. Make no mistake, this is still a team in transition and a developing team. They still need to bring new players in.

“It’s still a team that needs to find its identity and to find the main characters of the team.

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“That was evident [against Arsenal].

“It was very hard to see what we were trying to do.

“I have to say, it was made fairly easy for Arsenal. It’s something that needs to be worked at.

“I still think we’re trying to recover from the 27 years of one manager [Sir Alex Ferguson] and finding a new identity.

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“I think some of the big players need to improve.

“There are a few players in there that are recovering from a lot of unwanted media attention that has nothing to do with football.

“A few big players are under pressure from external things, like Maguire and Greenwood.

“You have to be happy, the camp has to be happy, to challenge for titles.”

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