Later News Aug 06

Solskjaer declares himself happy with current squad, but won’t say no to ‘bonus’ signings

Having already spent more than £110m (S$207m) on two key players this summer, Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he is no longer actively looking for new players to join the club.


So all you United fans can go right ahead and extinguish the faint glimmer of hope – and don’t you dare deny it – that the most expensive free agent ever, Lionel Messi, will join your club this summer.


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But what would the Red Devils need Messi for, anyway? Having signed exciting young winger Jadon Sancho and experienced centre-back Raphael Varane, Solskjaer believes he has the team needed to fall at the final hurdle again win the English Premier League (EPL) title this season.


“I have to say that with the two signings we’ve got, we’ve strengthened where we wanted to strengthen,” Solskjaer, who recently signed a contract extension with United, declared.


“Anything from now is a bonus. Let’s see what happens. You never know in football. Anything can happen, ins and outs.


“Of course these boys can (win the EPL and Champions League) – with maximum effort…and maximum sacrifice. Every day is a chance to get closer to our target and that’s to come together as a team to give yourself a chance to win every game. But every day is also a chance to step backwards so it’s down to us as a coaching staff but also the players to keep improving.”


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United, however, are not the only team to have strengthened this summer. Their neighbours, and reigning EPL champions, Manchester City, finalised the £100m signing of England playmaker Jack Grealish today (SGT), while Liverpool have secured the services of highly-rated defender Ibrahima Konate.


And while Chelsea have yet to make a signing of note, it is only a matter of time before Roman Abramovich begins his annual spending spree, with Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku reportedly high up on their shopping list.


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Nonetheless, Solskjaer remains unperturbed at the transfer activities of his rivals (sans Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, of course) and backs his team to go all the way in what could be one of the most competitive seasons in recent history.


“For me it feels like this season coming up is one of the strongest Premier League seasons,” Solskjaer mused. “Of course, it’s been Man City and Liverpool fighting it out for a few years. But I feel us and Chelsea have spent well and worked well, and we should look at ourselves as potential challengers. The first game is the most important then the first block of games and then keep that momentum.”




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