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Speaking ahead of Manchester United’s first Premier League game of the season against Chelsea, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has insisted the club are undergoing a “longer rebuild”.
Despite spending the most amount of money in the league on their three new signings, certain sections of the United support have been vocal in suggesting the club had not done enough in the transfer market.
However, Solskjaer has now revealed the club should not be looking towards a “quick fix”, and placed his trust in the players already at his disposal.
He said: “I said earlier in pre-season, last season as well, it’s not about a quick fix. It’s about a longer rebuild. It’s about getting the right players, the right people in, and it’s not time to suddenly, (in) the last three days, change that attitude when you haven’t got the right ones, you haven’t got the right people, you haven’t got the right players, or you haven’t got the answers, the correct answers, maybe, from the players that you wanted to have.
“If there’s doubt, (and) most of the time, there is no doubt, then you’d rather trust the ones we have. I think when the transfer window closes it’s that (sigh), it’s a great feeling of relief. Now it’s done. Now we know what we are looking forward with and I’m delighted with, as you’ve said, the three we’ve signed.”
If Solskjaer is genuinely convinced the signings of Daniel James, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire are more than enough for a team that finished sixth in the Premier League last season, then he needs to take a step back. On the face of it, suggesting that the club were not keen on making panic buys is admirable. But it should never have got to that point in the first place.
Much of the talk this summer has revolved around the Red Devils’ dithering when it came to their transfer targets. Interest in the likes of Wan-Bissaka and Maguire was registered fairly on, but took an age to complete. That of course meant trying to get deals done for other targets became much more difficult.
It is understandable that Solskjaer would want to put a positive spin on things, but the club should have been far more efficient in their work to get everything they needed. There’s a whole lot of summer to work with before it becomes time to panic and look for a “quick fix” on deadline day.