Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed he has given Ed Woodward and the Manchester United board his requirements ahead of the summer transfer window.
The United boss handed his list of preferred targets ahead of Sunday’s 2-0 win at Leicester, which confirmed their place in the Champions League next season.
Solskjaer was “delighted” with a third-placed finish in his first full season in charge of the club and he is now looking forward to the Europa League knockout tournament.
The clarity over their Champions League involvement will certainly paint a brighter picture on their finances and may well mean Solskjaer gets who he wants this summer.
Asked by Sky Sports after the win over Leicester whether the result meant United would now be active in the transfer market, Solskjaer made clear his stance.
“Well that’s another part of Champions League – financial gain, but that’s not in my head. The club knows what I feel we need, but that’s up to the club to go and sort that out,” said Solskjaer.
Solskjaer is believed to be have Jadon Sancho at the top of his wanted list, while he is also understood to be looking at Aston Villa star Jack Grealish. While a left-footed centre-back is also understood to be on his list.
Solskjaer added: “First of all, the season next season with the Champions League instead of the Europa League, will be different,” he said. “We want to move up the league table.
“We have to work hard in summer. Next season will be even more testing and challenging. You’ve got to get used to playing 40 or 45 games for this club every season.”
Solskjaer also paid tribute to his scouting network after the success of Bruno Fernandes’ signing in January.
Praise for chief scouts
Solskjaer said: “We have to admit that he’s come in and been a massive influence. A massive impact.
“He’s been fantastic, scoring goals, creating goals, but also his enthusiasm and mentality around the place has helped.
“Maybe today you can see a tired Bruno and that’s natural because he’s played too much. You can see his passion – he’s moaning a little bit here and there so we will have to take that away from him at times. But he’s stepped up calm as you like and slotted away the penalty.
“I’d seen him on telly. When I went to see him live he was exceptional in his enthusiasm, the way he wanted to win, his winning mentality, that was absolutely exceptional.
“But I have to go back to all the chief scouts. The scouting network has been really good. It’s not like I can just pick someone and if five of them say no, I will force things through. It’s a team effort there as well.
“Bruno has come in and been absolutely fantastic for us.”