Ole Gunnar Solskjaer claims Manchester United must wait to catch Liverpool and Man City


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was asked why Manchester United can’t replicate Liverpool’s success with transfers (Getty Images)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists Manchester United will not sign an influx of players in order to catch up with Liverpool and Manchester City.

United are under pressure to secure a place in the Champions League for next season but their hopes took a major dent on Wednesday evening as they were beaten 2-0 at home to Burnley.

Solskjaer is keen to sign Bruno Fernandes before the end of the January transfer window but United are refusing to meet Sporting’s asking price and have been unable to agree a deal.

Reports have claimed that Solskjaer privately believes that six new signings are required in order for United to drastically improve.

But the United manager is adamant that he needs time to complete his overhaul of the squad and that it cannot happen in just one transfer window.

Manchester United risk losing out on signing Bruno Fernandes this month (AFP/Getty)

Asked why United are unable to replicate the spending power that has been shown by Liverpool and City, Solskjaer replied: ‘For me we do have a way of doing things.

‘Of course you can see other teams have done well.

‘Jurgen [Klopp] spent four years building his team and they are doing well now.

‘I’ve always said it’s not going to be a quick fix, it’s not going to be eight or 10 players in a transfer window.

‘We’ve had one proper transfer window and we are trying to do something now.’

Solskjaer is also confident that he retains the backing of United’s hierarchy after reports on Friday once again linked Mauricio Pochettino with a move to Old Trafford.

‘When you start on something, you stick to that plan,’ said the United manager.

‘For me, anyway. I’m not going to change six or eight or nine or 10 months after I got the job and start believing in a different way of doing things.

‘I’m going to stick to what I’ve been trusted to do by the club and hopefully that’ll be good enough, and they can see what we’re doing is right.

‘It’s one of these jobs, we know how football is nowadays, but all my conversations with the club have been positive.’





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