Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sends warning to Manchester United board over summer signings


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer only wants signings right for Manchester United’s ‘culture’ (Picture: Getty)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has told Manchester United that he only wants players with the right ‘work ethic’ to join the club in the summer transfer window.

The Red Devils had a disastrous end to the season, managing just two wins from their final 12 matches in all competitions, and Solskjaer is desperate to overhaul his squad ahead of the 2019/20 campaign.

It’s understood United are prioritising a move for a top-class centre-back this summer and reinforcements are also being targeted at full-back, in central midfield and in attack.

Though Solskjaer is under no illusion about about the task at hand, he has warned the club against making rash signings who may not fit the ‘culture’ in place at United.

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Speaking to United’s official app, Solskjaer explained: ‘We’ve tried to educate our players and our kids to be proper people. In my view, the best players have always been the best people.

‘You have to have that value system and a certain kind of attitude about you to make a Man United player.

‘You have got to have the qualities and our fans want to see exciting players. Of course we want to get up from our seats.

United are being heavily linked with Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly (Picture: Getty)

‘We want to see defenders who defend like they’re doing it for their lives – that’s the most important thing.

‘When we start games [against big clubs], our fans clap a striker making a tackle. It’s always been in our culture.

‘You have to have that work ethic and we’re scouting the market, trying to find the right ones.’

Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward will be working hard to improve United’s squad this summer (Picture: Getty)

Solskjaer is looking forward to starting afresh next term and hopes to have a fully fit United squad at his disposal in pre-season.

‘I can’t wait because it’s a fresh start. We set targets, aligning our ambitions and we’ll work together and agree certain principles.

‘It’s always a massive month, or six weeks, that we have together to agree on how we’re going to do things to set the culture right.

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‘We want to get everyone fit for when the season starts. We don’t want to lose anyone with injuries.

‘But there are a certain set of principles to say “this is the way we want to play” and we can agree on, and find a system we feel comfortable in and just go from there.’

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