Solskjaer reveals the real reason why Man Utd don’t need to do this particular thing in their quest to win the Premier League
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 investment 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.
“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 , Jesse … 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].”
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.”
Do you agree with Solskjaer on this or you think Manchester United need to buy superstars if they want to win the premier league?
Manchester United to launch a £100 million bid for wonderkid
Manchester United are lining up a sensational summer swoop for Benfica wonderkid Joao Felix. The Portuguese midfielder has impressed Old Trafford scouts who have watched him on a number of occasions this season.The 19-year-old was also watched the weekend before last, and United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer received glowing reports.
And the Red Devils are now looking to launch a bid for Felix in the next transfer window as they continue to add youth to their ranks. It is understood Benfica would be willing to sell the youngster, but would want around £100m for his signature. An Old Trafford source said: “The club went to see Felix in action and it was all positive. He is seen as a real talent.“He is definitely someone who is increasingly of interest. He is a clever playmaker and in a similar vein to Portugal legend Deco. “The scouts saw him during the derby against Sporting Lisbon and he scored. There looks like there is going to be moves for him.”
Real Madrid and Bayern Munich have also shown an interest in Felix, who is also being watched by other European giants.Benfica want to hand him a huge new deal and boost his modest wages while inserting a mammoth release clause to fight-off suitors.
United made moves in the Portuguese transfer market last summer with the £20m capture of Porto right-back Diogo Dalot. The Red Devils also have a track record of bringing through young talent from that country, including Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani.
Emery tells Arsenal fans why Europa League loss at BATE Borisov is not a shock
Arsenal’s European ambitions are hanging by a thread after a humiliating defeat in Belarus that ended with Alexandre Lacazette being shown a straight red card for elbowing a BATE Borisov player in the face with miuntes left in the game. Lacazette’s dismissal marked the lowest point of one of the worst nights of Unai Emery’s spell at Arsenal, with the head coach unable to change the game after his side fell behind to a first-half goal.
But Emery insisted later that he was not shocked by the defeat, saying that his team deserved more from the match and adding that he had full faith in his players to turn the tie around at the Emirates next week. But the Spaniard will have to mastermind a comeback without the suspended Lacazette, with the £50 million striker arguably being Arsenal’s most consistent attacker since the turn of the year. “I did not see the action but we need to control the frustration,” said Emery.
The Arsenal boss added: “We play another 90 minutes next week and I am sure it is going to be different. The first half was a good performance, we had chances to score. I am happy with the players’ effort. Defensively when they were 1-0 up they were organised and competitive. Our big opportunity is next week at home. I trust in our players and in our stadium with our supporters. We can win or lose but I trust in our work and preparations to make a different result.”
Emery again faced questions about the absence of Mesut Ozil, who was left at home in London despite returning to full training following a recent illness. Arsenal again lacked creativity in central areas, but Emery said the players that he selected had deserved to win the match. “Those that were here, we can win with them and we deserved that,” Emery said. “Last week we won and we played with the same players. We deserved to win but did not get the result. They were very organised. We can win with every player and lose with the same players.”
The night was made worse for Arsenal when Aleksei Baga, the BATE head coach, later said he was not surprised by how poor the visiting side had been. “It was not a surprise for us,” said Baga. “We were preparing hard tactically and there was no surprise at all to see such a game from Arsenal.”
Do you agree with Emery? What did the Arsenal coach get wrong against BATE?
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