Ole Gunnar Solskjaer 'optimistic' of more signings as Man Utd boss talks transfer plans


The Norwegian has already brought in two new faces into his squad, who ended the 2018-19 Premier League season in sixth place.

Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka are so far the first signings of the Ole Gunnar Solskjaer era, with the Red Devils splashing out a combined fee of £68million to bring in the youngsters from Swansea City and Crystal Palace respectively.

It’s understood Solskjaer is keen on bringing in another two players before the closure of the transfer window, which slams shut on August 8.

The former Manchester United hitman was asked about his plans for the remainder of the window during a fan event in Perth, Australia and revealed he is indeed working on further bolstering his squad.

“Timing is obviously an issue, but we’re working, as I’ve said before – of course, we’re optimistic,” the 46-year-old said.

Solskjaer’s latest comments on his plans for the remainder of the window echo those he made earlier this month.

“We’ve been good in the market. Still working on a case or two,” the 46-year-old told MUTV. “I’ve been in touch with Joel (Glazer) and Ed (Woodward) and recruitment over summer.

“There will probably be some more business done, but we are happy with what we have done so far.

“We want players who can get us off the edge of their seats. They are hungry and at the start of their careers. They are here now. We don’t expect them to set the world alight in their first day. But they have an X Factor.

“It is about them coming in, being themselves and show they want to take someone’s place. That should spur others on. It has been a delight to see Daniel (James) train.”

United are currently chasing the signature of Leicester centre-back Harry Maguire, whom they tried to sign last summer.

Last weekend, it was reported the Red Devils have a agreed an £80million deal for the England international, though that notion has been dismissed by Leicester.


Manchester United ambassador Dennis Irwin has echoed that claim, saying: “No, no, Harry is a Leicester player isn’t he. Listen, we finished really, really poorly last year. When Ole took over, we were really struggling.

“We were 11 points behind fourth place, and we got ourselves up there, got ourselves to the quarter-final of the Champions League, and we fell away badly in the last two months, six weeks of the season.

“This is Ole’s first pre-season, so he has got a chance to stamp his identity on the football team and the way he wants Manchester United to play. We’ve brought in a couple of young lads, who have got plenty of pace – I think something that we lacked in the last two-three years – and I think we need another couple of signings.

“It would be great to get another few signings in and go from there because it’s a fresh start, a clean slate.”


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