Man Utd’s January transfer stance explained as Solskjaer asks Woodward for recruits | Football | Sport

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will have money to spend in January, but there will not be any panic buys.

United chief Ed Woodward is said to be open to bringing new players into Old Trafford during the winter transfer window, but only if long-term targets become available.

ESPN have claimed that the Red Devils will looking into possible purchases in order to boost their chances of securing a Champions League return, but want to avoid the mistakes they have made in the past.

United have learned to avoid knee-jerk signings, like Alexis Sanchez’ move from Arsenal, as they put more faith in youth rather than experience.

The Norwegian boss saw just under £150million worth of talent brought into the club during his first transfer window as permanent boss in the summer, but Harry Maguire, Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka haven’t yet been enough to change their fortunes on the pitch.

Solskjaer is aware that he needs another striker as Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial wrestle over the central position, after letting Romelu Lukaku leave in the summer.

The former Cardiff boss had claimed that he was more than happy with having just Rashford as a senior striking option, but Lukaku has now claimed that his former manager didn’t want him to join Inter Milan.

“Solskjaer has my eternal respect,” he told Het Belang van Limburg.

“He understood me when I said in March that it was time for me to leave.

“I have been in the Premier League as an 18-year-old boy and now I am 26.

“Solskjaer wanted to keep me, but I was ready for something new.”

The 46-year-old boss spoke about his possible January dealings last month, and excited fans by revealing that there is money to spend.

“We always look at the long term with transfers,” he said earlier this month.

“It might be none, might be one, might be two in January.

“It’s always the summer… you can’t really do too many big deals in January.”

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