Solskjaer’s answer telling, as he deflects January transfer window question

Date published: Tuesday 3rd December 2019 11:06

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was quick to deflect talk of the January transfer window at his news conference on Tuesday.

The Norwegian has said he was looking for a striker in the summer to replace Romelu Lukaku but admitted: “We couldn’t get the one we wanted.”

Solskjaer then told Sky Sports in October that he was open to making experienced signings in January.

“January is a difficult window, anyway,” he said. “But if there are players available and at the right price, I’m sure we will spend.

“There might be some experienced players who can come in and help the younger players – that might be worth the money.”

However, ahead of Jose Mourinho’s return to Old Trafford, Solskjaer was asked whether he was looking forward to next month’s January transfer window, but the Norwegian didn’t exactly answer the question.

Solskjaer said: “I don’t wanna talk about all the injuries we’ve had.

“But when you get Scott [McTominay] back, when you get Paul [Pogba] back… We have been light in midfield, with three out for such a long time and that’s affected us.”

READ MORE: Solskjaer provides Pogba, McTominay update ahead of Spurs clash

It was a huge hint that United might not be as active in the transfer window as their fans demand with Ed Woodward only yesterday issuing a similar message.

 

 

The executive vice-chairman warned the club’s supporters not to expect the club to land “six or seven” in any window because of the “extremely difficult” nature of completing deals.

It all sounds like United will welcome the injured Pogba and McTominay into the fold as new signings.

In addition to Pogba, the influential McTominay has missed United’s last three matches with an ankle issue and Nemanja Matic has not been seen for two months.

McTominay and Matic were trusty lieutenants under Mourinho, who Solskjaer expects to get a good reception when he returns to the Old Trafford touchline for the first time since his sacking last December.

“He’ll get a very good reception,” Solskjaer said of his predecessor. “Of course that’s just a testament to this club and the supporters of this club.

“Of course they remember the two-and-a-half years he was here, he won trophies. I’m 100 per cent sure our fans will welcome him, and the staff and the club, everyone.”

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