Solskjaer’s fresh outlook on summer transfers worries fans with U-turn

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's outlook on transfers ahead of the summer window could have Manchester United fans worried after he appeared to perform a U-turn.

Fans will hope to see some exciting signings this summer after United chief Ed Woodward appointed John Murtough as the club's new football director.

With Solskjaer's side the nearest challengers to Manchester City in the Premier League this term, a couple of new arrivals at Old Trafford could make all the difference to next season's title race.

While last summer's chase for Jadon Sancho proved fruitless, the Red Devils are being frequently linked with his Borussia Dortmund team-mate Erling Haaland ahead of the upcoming window.

United pulled away from talks to sign the hotshot in January last year, allowing Dortmund to snare him from Red Bull Salzburg, but Solskjaer maintains a good relationship with his former Molde player.

However, the manager's comments on Wednesday caused concern for some fans when he appeared to backtrack on comments made less than a year ago.

In early April last year, with football suspended due to coronavirus, Solskjaer said United might be able to "exploit" the transfer market once the window opened again.

That did not come to fruition – at least in terms of the chase for Sancho – although United did sign Edinson Cavani, Alex Telles and Facundo Pellistri, with Amad following in January.

However, Solskjaer's optimism seemed to have faded in comments he made on Wednesday.

"Everyone as been affected by the pandemic," the United boss said. "It will be an interesting window to see how the market responds. We are always looking to add quality to the team."

One fan tweeted a link to Solskjaer's comments from 11 months ago, posing the question "what happened?".

Another supporter responded with the hashtag #welcomejoshking – implying that the Everton striker would be the level United would be aiming at, rather than the likes of Haaland.

It remains to be seen how competitive United will be in the summer transfer window, with other heavyweights such as Liverpool, Real Madrid and Barcelona all feeling the pinch.

But the hope is that the appointment of Murtough will improve United's transfer dealings, with the new man working on recruitment alongside Matt Judge, director of football negotiations.

They have been joined in the office by former midfielder Darren Fletcher, who will be the club’s new Technical Director.

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