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Manchester United prepared to back Solskjaer in January but ‘will not overpay’ for players

Manchester United are prepared to back manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the January transfer window, though the club have apparently insisted that they ‘will not overpay’ for players.

United have endured a disappointing start to the new campaign, winning just twice in their opening eight league fixtures of the new season, slipping to 12th in the Premier League ahead of this weekend’s clash with league leaders Liverpool at Old Trafford.

Despite the pressure mounting on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Manchester United’s hierarchy are said to be willing to back the Norwegian in the winter window as they look to overcome a difficult period, though according to ESPN, the club have insisted that they ‘will not overpay’ for new additions despite their poor start to the campaign.

Solskjaer’s squad has been left short following the summer departures of Romelu Lukaku, Alexis Sanchez and Ander Herrera, with midfield and forward reinforcements set to be targeted in the upcoming January window.

Juventus forward Mario Mandzukic continues to be strongly linked with a switch to United and the Premier League, though at 33, the former Croatia international would be a short-term solution to provide competition for the likes of Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford.

Long-term targets such as Leicester’s James Maddison and West Ham’s Declan Rice are likely to have to wait until the summer, whilst a move for Barcelona’s out-of-favour Ivan Rakitic is thought to be unlikely for family reasons.

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