Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has hinted the quality of players United will be looking out for.
The Red devils have a tradition of developing young players and Solskjaer insists that’s the only way forward for a club that has been playing catch up to their rivals in recent seasons. United have on three different occasions broken their club’s transfer records with the signings of Angel Di Maria, Romelu Lukaku and Paul Pogba, but are yet to close the ever widening gap at the top. And Solskjaer is hoping to get his transfer business done as soon as possible and wants to invest in players who will be at Manchester United for the long-term.
United are rumored to be on the verge of completing a £15m deal for Swansea winger Daniel James, 21 – a transfer that may signal a return to the old order at Old Trafford.
‘I don’t know how man names have been mentioned, there are players I have barely seen who it says we are going to sign! The earlier you can do the transfers, the better it is,’ he said when asked about the potential signing of James.
‘I can’t comment on every single individual. I don’t like when others talk about my players, I won’t talk about others.’
‘I think I have been quite honest that challenging for the title next year would be a miraculous season because we are so far behind points-wise,’ he added.
‘Next season we have to close that gap, if we manage to get to February or March and still be close then that’s fantastic.
‘If not, this summer will also be about players that can last here for many years. No! it’s not just about ready-made players. We’ve never been a ready-made club.
‘[Cristiano] Ronaldo was never ready-made, Wayne Rooney was never ready-made. Loads of the players that come here and really developed into the top superstars that they have become.
‘That’s always going to be the model – that we will develop players because I’ve got the best staff, the best environment.
‘And the best supporters because they love players that excite them, that get them off their seats and we hope to get some of them in.’