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Caretaker Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has insisted that his side don’t need to buy “superstars” to contend for a title. United currently sit in fifth place, but their manager doesn’t believe spending is necessarily the way to ensure more success. Solskjaer took over from Jose Mourinho in December, who complained publically about his side’s lack of in the transfer market. The Norweigan has since led United to a reversal of fortune, winning nine of his 10 games in charge thus far and coaxing better form from the likes of Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial, Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford.

Still, United are a way off from challenging for a title, with Solskjaer’s men in fifth place, 14 points back of co-leaders Manchester City and Liverpool. Solskjaer was asked on Friday how many additions United would need in the summer, and the manager indicated that his side’s fortunes would not be completely tied up in the transfer market.

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“I think it is about who we’ve got here as well,” Solskjaer said. “If every single player can improve by one or two per cent… it is not about 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 [about] buying a superstar and that will fix things and suddenly we go from challenging [for] the top four to being champions.”

Solskjaer continued by saying he believes his side already have what it takes to compete for all trophies: “The club and the team can, yes,” the 45-year-old said. “If you look at the players, the age of them, they’re young and they’ve got plenty of development in them. But we also need some experienced players to stay and step up and really become the leaders. “Paul now is [25], Jesse [26]… they’re at that age where we expect them to take that responsibility and not just be a young boy that floats around. So this club, this team, yes definitely [we can compete for everything].”

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Solskjaer conceded that winning the league this season would be too difficult, but believes it will be possible in future seasons with more consistency: “I think we’re too far behind this year, obviously, but you’ve got to catch up the other teams ahead of us, especially City, Liverpool but now Tottenham. “So it’s three teams who have been far ahead but we’ve beaten Tottenham so we know that we’re capable of that but we need the consistency.”

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Do you agree with Solskjaer on this or you think Manchester United need to buy superstars if they want to win the premier league?

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Abass Sulaiman Adegoke, well known as Adegoke is a student of Federal Polytechnic Ede studying Civil Engineering, He is a media enthusiast, loves traveling, and has a special interest in personal development.

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PSG vs Man Utd: Maguire, Cavani, Greenwood out of Champions League clash

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The Manchester United squad have travelled to Paris without Edinson Cavani, Harry Maguire, Jesse Lingard and Eric Bailly.

They will all miss their first Champions League group game against Paris Saint-Germain.

Maguire, Greenwood, Bailly and Lingard are injured, while Cavani is not fit enough to play.

Bruno Fernandes will skipper United in the absence of Maguire.

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United manager Solskjaer said on Monday: “We hope the players won’t be away for too long. Edinson needs a few more days training before we can think about the weekend.

“Hopefully the same with Harry, Eric and Mason as well, but we’re not sure about that.”

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BREAKING: Cristiano Ronaldo tests positive for COVID-19

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Cristiano Ronaldo has tested positive for Covid-19, Portugal’s Football Federation confirmed on Tuesday.

The 35-year-old is said to be “doing well, without symptoms, and in isolation”, with no further positive tests reported in the squad ahead of Wednesday’s Nations League match against Sweden.

The PFF confirmed in a statement: “Following the positive case, the remaining players underwent new tests this Tuesday morning, all with a negative result, and are available to Fernando Santos for training this afternoon, in Cidade do Futebol.

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“The game (against Sweden), counting for the qualification phase of the Nations League, is scheduled for Wednesday, at 19:45, in Alvalade.”

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