Manchester United legend Jaap Stam has admitted his former teammate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will have to make ‘hard decisions’ about his squad during the summer transfer window.
Solskjaer took over as manager from Jose Mourinho in December with the 20-time league champions in sixth place, and despite an initial resurgence under the Norwegian, United’s form would soon deteriorate again, and they remained two places off the Champions League places at the end of the season.
It is widely accepted that a major overhaul of United’s current squad is needed, starting this summer, and Stam has insisted Solskjaer’s side needs strengthening all over the pitch.
“I think we definitely could do with some more quality up front, in midfield and the back four as well,” Stam told Sky Sports News after he played in a charity fixture remembering the 1999 treble season, a game United won 5-0 against Bayern Munich.
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“You want a squad that is competitive towards each other. Everyone needs to push each other to get the maximum out of everyone – to achieve something.
“As manager and as a club, you need to have a look at that. After the last couple of seasons and how everything is going, I think it is good to re-evaluate everything in the team.
“Look at the players, what they have done and what they have achieved. Even players who have a contract for another three or four seasons – you need to make your choices towards them and what you want to do with them.
“At the end of the day, the most important thing is to achieve the goals you set out, sometimes you need to make hard decisions to do that.”