Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is ready to challenge Ed Woodward on the club’s transfer business this summer, according to a report.
United’s executive vice-chairman Woodward claimed in April that United would look to strengthen their squad in the summer and Solskjaer is keen for the club to follow that through despite their superb run of form.
“It’s always a top priority for us to strengthen the team and build on what Ole is very clearly achieving in terms of bringing us back to the top,” Woodward said. “But we’ve got to have clarity on what the future holds.
“As I said before and I’ve said this many times – we remain committed to backing Ole to win trophies. That’s our core objective as a club.”
However, United’s public stance on Jadon Sancho last week suggested that they may well be looking to play hardball with their top summer target in light of the financial impact after the Covid-19 pandemic.
United officials told Sky Sports that they are not prepared to top £50m for England star Sancho – a strategic approach ahead of a what looks like being an interesting summer for Sancho.
Solskjaer though is understood to be insistent that United push on with their squad building this summer and the Evening Standard claim the United manager is prepared to “challenge” Woodward on possible summer business.
Solskjaer ‘expects to be backed heavily’
The Norwegian is believed to be continually reminding Woodward that he still needs to strengthen and he is certainly far from the “yes man” some fans accused him of being when he took the job.
Solskjaer will point to the successful acquisitions of Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Odion Ighalo and Bruno Fernandes since he took over at Old Trafford.
The former Cardiff boss has also added youngster Dan James to the Old Trafford ranks and although he hit the ground running, the youngster has faded, but he is seen as one for the future by the club.
Still, Solskjaer’s transfer record is a very good one and the report says “he expects to be backed heavily for the right targets”.
Sancho fits that description perfectly – and with each passing week, United become a more attractive option to a player who refused to push for a move 12 months ago.”