Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits it is ‘unlikely’ that Manchester United will make signings this month, though says ‘two or three’ players are expected to leave in search of first-team football.
United can move top of the Premier League if they avoid defeat to Burnley in their game-in-hand tomorrow evening, with the Red Devils currently level on points with league leaders Liverpool.
The club have strengthened their options this month with the confirmed capture of Amad Diallo, finalising a deal for the teenage winger after a fee was agreed with Atalanta during the summer.
Solskjaer admits that looks likely to be the club’s only business of the January transfer window, however, but says departures are likely in the coming weeks.
“I think that the signings we made in the summer strengthened the squad really well,” he said at his pre-match press conference. “Good characters, good signings, good players.
“January is always difficult, but if something comes up that you think is a long-term target anyway, that’s another scenario. But not many teams would be willing to lose their players in January.
“[It’s] unlikely that something will happen on the in side, but there might be two or three going out. They deserve to play more football for their own good and for their own careers.”
Timothy Fosu-Mensah is one player on the verge of an exit with the defender closing in on a £1.5m move to Bayer Leverkusen, whilst Phil Jones and Brandon Williams could also leave with both players having been linked with loan moves to Newcastle.
Sergio Romero is also keen to quit the club after falling down the pecking order following the return of loanee Dean Henderson, and Marcos Rojo – who has not featured for more than a year and spent the second half of last season on loan at Estudiantes – is another deemed surplus to requirements and currently in Argentina.
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