Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has bizarrely claimed he has been ‘backed’ by the Manchester United board and insists the club’s recruitment process is ‘working well’ despite their lack of transfer activity this summer.
With only days remaining until the transfer deadline Man United have made just one summer signing to date, the arrival of Netherlands international Donny van de Beek from Ajax their only arrival of the window.
It’s proven a frustrating window for the club’s supporters who have seen their Premier League rivals strengthen significantly, Liverpool, Manchester City, Spurs and Arsenal all adding to their squads with minimal fuss and Chelsea embarking on a lavish summer spending spree.
Former players, including Gary Neville, have blasted the Red Devils’ hierarchy for their lack of efficiency and direction, the club having spent months pursuing a deal for Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho without making significant and tangible progress.
Those frustrations are only likely to increase following Solskjaer’s latest questionable comments, the Norwegian defending those in charge at Old Trafford and insisting he has been ‘backed’ by the board when it comes to recruitment.
“When I came in and was given the job, I gave my view on what the team should look like and how to get there. I feel when we had these conversations, the club understood my view,” Solskjaer told Sky Sports.
”In all honesty, results are always the key here. But the club also see what we are doing with the club, and what we want to do with the club.
The thing with Solskjaer is that he has to tread the line carefully when talking about Manchester United’s recruitment. Because if the club was efficient and committed to fulfilling its potential, he wouldn’t be manager.
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“I’m not looking at other clubs in that way – of course I look at them in terms of keeping up with what’s going on – but other clubs have a way of running, we have our way of running our club.
“And of course, I’m very happy working with the players I’ve got. But also, the part of the job is to improve the squad all the time, and so far I’ve been backed. We are working hard to be competitive again, amongst the best.
“I think football now is different from what it was six or eight months ago, and these times are very unique. To get deals done you need to monitor a player for a long, long while, and monitor your target, and I feel the process there has been working well.”
United host Tottenham this weekend in a hugely anticipated clash at Old Trafford, the club looking to bounce back from an indifferent start to the league season.