Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists he is unsure of his budget for the upcoming transfer window, amid the financial pinch of the pandemic on football.
Clubs across Europe will scale back their spending this summer to battle the lack of revenue in recent months.
The continent’s major leagues stopped due to the pandemic for at least two months, with games now played without fans.
Solskjaer claimed in April that there may be a situation for his side – one of the wealthiest – to “exploit”.
The claim came amid transfer links with the likes of Jadon Sancho and Jack Grealish.
However, in his press conference on Friday, Solskjaer backtracked on such claims.
“I think the pandemic has hit everyone really hard,” he said when asked about his budget.
“I still think we need to wait and see how things are panning out to know the real effects of the pandemic, to know what kind of financial state we are in.
“You see some teams invest, some teams don’t. We’ll have to take a big look at things ourselves to see how hard we’ve been hit.
“I know the club has announced a few numbers before and of course it’s not right for me here now to say, ‘we are going to have X amount’ because I don’t really know. We don’t really know how hard we’ve been hit.
“We are financially a strong club – but we are also probably being hit more than anyone else.”
SOLSKJAER AIMING TO WIN SILVERWARE
Solskjaer added that United must aim to raise their budget with the monies earned from winning silverware.
The Red Devils have one foot in the Europa League quarter-finals and face Norwich in the last eight of the FA Cup on Saturday.
“So, let’s see how quickly we can get our fans into the stadiums and of course the league position is going to be important for us this season” Solskjaer added.
“If we can get a trophy, the FA Cup or the Europa League. The Europa League will also qualify us for the Champions League, so still a lot of uncertainty and these three, four months, they’ve made every businessman in the world, every footballer in the world.
“I think everyone is still unsure of what the effect will be.”
United are also battling to qualify for the Champions League via a Premier League finish. The Red Devils sit in fifth, five points behind fourth-placed Chelsea.
Indeed, they strengthened their chances of doing so with a 3-0 win over Sheffield United on Wednesday.
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