Solskjaer Says Many Players Want To Come To Man United
le Gunnar Solskjaer has disclosed that a lot of players, through their agents, are already pushing for moves to United ahead of next summer’s transfer window.
The new Man United manager held his first press conference after he was appointed on a permanent basis at the club on Thursday morning.
The Norwegian discussed the club’s goal for the rest of the season, his plans for the future and transfers.
Speaking after he was unveiled and presented with a United shirt, the former striker said the United manager job has been something he dreamt of for a very long time.
“This has been my ultimate dream, maybe a naive dream but I’ve always had that dream in my mind.
“It’s a huge, fantastic family of a football club and I’m so honoured to be given the responsibility.”
“I don’t think proud is the right word. I’m happy, I’m honoured, it’s the start of something new. Now the hard work starts so it’s not a moment to be proud in that respect.”
Unsurprisingly, the 46-year-old was quizzed about prospective signings to help United’s push for a Premier League challenge next season.
“There are so many players that have been written about that we’re interested in and I’m sure when we decide what we have to do, hopefully, we’ll get them by pre-season.”
United have failed to challenge for the Premier League title since Sir Alex Ferguson’s title-winning final campaign and that, according to Solskjaer, is a major pursuit.
“To lift the Premier League trophy again is what we expect, what we’re used to, what we have done so many times. We can’t wait too many years but it’s not going to happen overnight.
The players have largely been supportive and have played some of their best football under him but the former Cardiff boss is aware that complacency could set in. He already has a plan on how to avoid it.
“Now the players know I am here for longer than expected. The players know my expectations. Players who get complacent never last at this club – or managers,” he said.
Solskjaer’s first game following his appointment is a Premier League home game against Watford on Saturday before a trip to the Molineux to play Wolves ahead of their Champions League home tie against Barcelona in the Champions League quarterfinals.