Ole Gunnar Solskjaer doesn’t think that Manchester United need superstar signings in the summer to able to rival for a title challenge.
Jose Mourinho was sacked as a Manchester United after that shameful defeat to Liverpool in December. It wasn’t a defeat to Liverpool to cost Mourinho his job, but a succession of poor results that lasted since the start of the season.
You could say that writing was one the wall for Mourinho, but no one expected Solskjaer to be appointed as his successor.
The man, who still looks like a kid, although with a bunch of grey hair, took over the reins at United where he had a tough task before him. United was selling out its reputation in a weekly manner. They were losing points to teams that won’t survive in the Premier League. There were clashes of ego between the players and manager (Pogba vs Mourino) while the squad morale was at the all-time low.
Ole arrived and changed everything in matter of two months.
United recorded nine wins and one draw in ten matches to get back into top four race. Relationship with players was fixed instantly as Pogba excelled under Ole while a gloomy atmosphere was replaced by a cheerful spirit.
United is back to where they were under Ferguson, and Ole looks to become United’s long term manager.
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Although Ole is still in the dark regarding his future at the club, he did explain a potential transfer policy if he remains at the club. Speaking at the press conference, he had this to say about potential summer transfers.
“I think it is about who we’ve got here. It is not about signing ‘X’ amount of players, it has to be the right one and one who fits, the personality has to fit with the team. It
is not just buya superstar and that will fix things and suddenly we go from challenging to being top four and be champions.”
This transfer strategy is a far cry from the ones Moyes, Van Gaal, and Mourinho had before Solskjaer.
It’s hard to say that this would be a successful tactic in a league where every other club is spending 100 of millions on new players.
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It does have a logic to it given how perspective are United’s youth players while the core of United’s team is still young.
This also points to a more reserved approach from the owners to the transfer market.
In any case, it seems that United has finally got the right manager for them as there is only a question of time before Solskjaer becomes a permanent manager at United.