Man Utd: Solskjaer admits to 'baby steps' in title push
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Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer expects the Glazers to bid for three players in this summer’s transfer window, reports say. The Americans are in the headlines for all the wrong reasons at the current moment in time. However, they could win some fans round by splashing the cash at the end of the campaign.
Manchester United are ticking along nicely under Solskjaer.
They’re poised to finish second in the Premier League table, something they’ve done just once since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement back in 2013.
And they also remain in contention to win the Europa League, with the club due to face Roma in the first leg of their semi-final tie on Thursday.
Despite that, however, they know they need more reinforcements if they’re to win the Premier League title.
And the Mirror say Solskjaer expects the Glazers to bid for Erling Haaland, Raphael Varane and Jack Grealish.
Haaland has established himself as one of the best young strikers in world football, scoring 25 goals from 26 Bundesliga matches.
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He also scored 10 goals in the Champions League prior to his side’s exit at the hands of Manchester City.
And with Edinson Cavani looking likely to leave the club, amid interest from Boca Juniors, a move to Old Trafford may be on the cards.
Varane, meanwhile, appears poised to leave Real Madrid behind.
He’s been at the Bernabeu for a decade, winning the Champions League four times during that spell.
And though Chelsea are interested in securing his signature. United are also in the mix.
They first tried to land the 2018 World Cup winner back in the summer transfer window of 2011, when Sir Alex Ferguson was in charge.
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But they ended up missing out because of Zinedine Zidane, who enticed the centre-back into moving to Spain instead.
The name-dropping of Grealish as a target is intriguing, too.
He was on United’s wishlist a year ago but, after Aston Villa demanded £75million, they settled for recruiting Donny van de Beek instead.
And whether the Glazers are able to fund those deals remains to be seen.
They’ll certainly need to win fans round in the wake of the failed European Super League, which they later apologised for.
But that won’t do for the majority of supporters who are conscious of the huge amount of money – roughly £2billion to be precise – they’ve taken out in dividends.
In his apology letter, Joel Glazer vowed to do better – and insisted he and his brother would try to put things right.
But Sky Sports reporter James Cooper can’t see them selling up, despite the big backlash.
Cooper, writing in his reporter’s notebook, has now expressed a belief the Glazers are unlikely to sell up – despite fans wanting them to go.
“Manchester United fans are looking to vent, they are not happy again,” he said.
“It’s been 11 years since green and gold, people on the streets of Manchester United protesting against the Glazer ownership. Maybe we are getting closer to that resurfacing.
“People are asking the Glazers to relinquish control, but I do not think they are going to do that.
“We have hardly heard from or seen them since their takeover in 2005, they are not a visible presence at Old Trafford because they are not wanted there and certainly don’t feel comfortable there.
“If they go and see Manchester United games, they tend to be on away European nights.
“People talk about the Glazers rebuilding bridges and trust and making relationships right, but they have never really had a relationship with fans so there is not really anything to rebuild. There might be something to build, but certainly not rebuild.
“An about-turn is required in the way the Glazers go about things.
“We saw a huge apology which was spectacular in the sense that nothing like this has ever happened before – here was the Glazer family actively communicating with Manchester United fans.
“The question there is: what was in it for them and why did they do it? Was it because everybody else said sorry, are they worried about the state of their investment, bearing in mind the share price soared ahead of the Super League announcement and then plummeted?
“I do not see the Glazers giving anything away or any authority which dilutes their interest in the club.”
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