Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has responded to Gary Neville’s claims that Manchester United need to ‘go for it’ in the transfer market this summer – claiming the club only have one or two ‘in the coming weeks’. Very good decisions’ need to be made.
United bounced back from a break-in fine, making it ten points from an available 12 with an emphatic 5-2 victory over Bournemouth on Saturday. Their explosive form has put them within two points of fourth-placed Chelsea, and three ahead of fifth-placed Wolves – a position that could see them qualify for Champions League football if Manchester City’s ban holds. It will be enough to secure.
As much as they seem to have turned a corner under Solskjaer, however, Neville and others have called on the club not to rest on their laurels. Last week, the club legend highlighted to the Sky Sports pundit that United need ‘three or four’ big signings to challenge champions Liverpool next season, saying they need to ‘get to that level’. Need to go for it.
“Gary is right in a lot of the things he says and of course we can’t think we’re there,” Solskjaer said in response, as quoted by The Mirror.
“If you look at the table, we are nowhere near where we should be. Consistency has to improve and we still have to improve on many aspects of the game.
“I don’t know how many points behind the top two we are, but Gary’s right – there’s certainly not going to be any complacency and thinking we’ve cracked it because we’ve got a lot to do.
Gary Neville hugs Ole Gunnar Solskjaer before last season’s defeat to Barcelona / VI-Images / Getty Images
“It’s been an enjoyable journey. We can see improvement but, yes, we need to make one or two – or more – very good decisions. It’s definitely going to be an important summer.”
United appear to have lost out to Borussia Dortmund in the race for Jude Bellingham, but are maintaining their interest in Jadon Sancho despite Dortmund’s reluctance to sell.
Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish and Ajax’s Donnie van de Beek have been linked, while recent claims from Germany have put them in the running for Bayern Munich star Thiago.
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