Solskjaer sends clear message to Glazers after Man Utd miss out on title

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has urged the Glazers to back him in the upcoming transfer window, stating that the Red Devils "have to strengthen our squad" if they want to compete with rivals Manchester City.

Solskjaer made ten changes for his side's 2-1 defeat to Leicester City on Tuesday, with the game coming just two days after they had faced Aston Villa and two days ahead of their clash with Liverpool.

Leicester's win meant City were confirmed as Premier League champions and, speaking to BT Sport after the game, Solskjaer outlined the need to bring in new players this summer.

"You know, if you want to take up the challenge with them [City], of course we have to strengthen our squad," he said. "Congratulations to them, they've had a fantastic season.

"Very pleased with my boys because they've made it into the last 10 days of the season with a Man City team ahead of us that are lauded as the best in Europe.

"We've done well, but we want to take the next step and it might be that we need a couple more to have a strong squad."

Reacting to Solskjaer's comments, United legend Rio Ferdinand highlighted the fact that City are able to make wholesale changes and still field a strong line-up, while United handed teenagers Amad and Anthony Elanga their first league starts.

"I think it's evident," Ferdinand told BT Sport. "You see the team, if you change the squad. Man City can do this. They'd come here today and be comfortable, wouldn't look like a team out of sorts, being thrown together.

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  • "Man United today had young kids playing, the two wide boys, very inexperienced. Man City change their team like this and they just look like the first XI.

    "You don't see a change because of the quality, the depth in their squad. Man United, to get to that level, I think Ole is perfectly right, they have to invest in the transfer market and I imagine they will."

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