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Solskjaer reckons Champions League is not the ‘be all and end all’ for Man Utd’s recruitment plans

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists qualifying for the Champions League is not the ‘be all and end all’ for Manchester United’s recruitment plans this summer.

The Red Devils are predicted to be active in this summer’s transfer market as Solskjaer looks to continue his rebuild, the likes of Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho and Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish having been strongly linked with big-money moves to Old Trafford at the end of the season.

Ninth-placed United travel to Chelsea this evening looking to close the gap on the fourth-placed Blues, with just six points currently separating six teams in a tight battle to secure a top four finish and Champions League qualification.

Defeat against Frank Lampard’s side will likely leave the club facing a huge battle to overhaul the deficit, though Solskjaer insists securing their place amongst Europe’s elite will not be the ‘be all and end all’ for persuading their top targets to move to Old Trafford this summer.

“The Champions League gives the club resources, more money, that is one thing,” said Solskjaer at his pre-match press conference.

“It is a prestigious tournament to be in of course.

“If we play well the rest of the season and players that we might want are impressed by that it might be easier to convince them.

“So this season with the Europa League, if next season is with or without Champions League I wouldn’t say that is the be all and end all for a player to sign for us.”

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