Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gives bleak Man United transfer update

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer plays down the likelihood of any new signings in January

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Photo: Sky Sports)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has played down the likelihood of Manchester United landing any top targets in the January transfer window.

The Red Devils have made a mixed start to their first full Premier League season under the Norwegian head coach following his appointment almost 12 months ago.

Solskjaer’s side have struggled to score goals after they sold Romelu Lukaku in a big-money deal to Inter Milan before Alexis Sanchez followed the Belgian striker to the San Siro on loan.

Manchester United signed off for the international break with a 1-0 loss to Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium to leave the Red Devils with 16 points after 12 games.

The Red Devils were linked with a number of players throughout the international break, including Red Bull Salzburg striker Erling Haaland, Leicester City midfielder James Maddison and Sporting Lisbon’s Bruno Fernandes.

Speaking at his pre-match media conference ahead of Manchester United’s clash against Sheffield United on Sunday, Solskjaer said:

“It is not about ‘x’ amount of money [we have to spend], it is about who do we think will be good for the club in the long-term, not just three or four months,” Solskjaer said.

Asked about potential arrivals, he replied: “Probably not because that is the thing – it is in January.

“Not many clubs want to sell players that they would otherwise want to keep in January.

“Maybe one or two could be a loan deal but that is not a big money thing, it is just to help the team. But we are getting players back and we are looking at what can be available for us.”

Manchester United signed Leicester City defender Harry Maguire, Crystal Palace full-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Swansea City winger Daniel James in the summer transfer window.

The Red Devils haven’t won the Premier League title since Solskjaer’s former manager Sir Alex Ferguson was in charge back in 2013.

Manchester United finished in sixth place in the Premier League table last term.

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