Solskjaer reacts to criticism of United’s quiet transfer activity
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has hit out at criticism of the club’s activity in this summer’s transfer window.
Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek has been the Reds’ only signing so far in a window where they have been outspent by their top-four rivals.
At his pre-match press conference on Friday, Solskjaer took umbrage at a journalist’s suggestion that Van de Beek was the ‘only player’ to have arrived at Old Trafford.
He said : “I think you show quite a bit of disrespect to Donny when you say he was the only one. Because he is a top player and he strengthens our team and, of course, we have to concentrate on ourselves.
“Different clubs have to be allowed to whatever they do and feel they can. We are working hard to have a competitive squad and team.
“If and when there are updates we will give you them.”
Rojo and Smalling heading towards United exit
The United manager has all but confirmed that defenders Marcos Rojo and Chris Smalling have asked to leave the club.
The 30-year-olds have been training separately and usually report to Carrington two hours before the first-team squad members arrive for their main session.
Solskjaer revealed in midweek that the club had not received an acceptable bid for Smalling and in July he seemed to indicate that Rojo would not be reintegrated into the senior set-up.
“It’s different ways they can get their fitness and sharpness up but, of course the first major contribution is for them to give 100% and want to be part of the team themselves,” he said.
“They have got to want to be a part of this team going forward, to be part of this culture. If they don’t they will have to train by themselves.”
Read the full story here .
Solskjaer on United's front three
United plan to continue developing Mason Greenwood, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial as an attacking trio amid frustration in their attempts to sign Jadon Sancho.
The threesome scored 62 goals between them last season and Greenwood, 18, became the fourth teenager to score 17 goals for United in a single campaign after George Best, Brian Kidd and Wayne Rooney.
United had earmarked the right wing as their priority position for the transfer window but have not even made a bid for Borussia Dortmund winger Sancho, with the Bundesliga club repeatedly insisting that the 20-year-old is staying.
United manager Solskjaer said : “Those three – Mason, Marcus and Anthony – had a fantastic season last season.
“We want to develop them, of course, together as a three. Then you have players behind them who create chances for them, so it’s not just up to the front three. It’s the relationship, they get used to each other, you are a split-second ahead.
“The more you can play with the same players, of course the better the team will be.”