Now it has been revealed that once caretaker manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, will be staying at Manchester United permanently it comes as little surprise that he is making plans for the team once the season ends. He has been reportedly having serious around the table meetings with his assistant manager Mike Phelan and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward and has also been in discussion with the big chiefs about the now dubbed ‘recruitment reboot’ as BonusBets.com reports.
Although Jose Mourinho was never allowed to make the final decision about recruitment, instead, having to bow to the decisions from the recruitment department, Solskjaer will apparently not have such restrictions and will be making the final decisions for himself.
I’ll have the final say if a player comes in or goes out. And we’ve got regular meetings. I’m happy with the way it’s going, and we’re supposed to sign 250 players because you’re all writing about players we should sign, so hopefully, we can get players in you have written about as well. So you never know. In the long-term planning, we have to think about [the Champions League]. We might be in the Champions League next year, we might not be, and you’d be surprised how many agents have been touting their players. Not touting, that’s not the best word, is it? Telling us their players, their clients would love to be a part of Man United in the future. And that’s just the lure of Man United, they know, the potential and size of the club, they know in the end that we will get back to the good days.
He went on to acknowledge that the club has not had the best run over the last few seasons, and sadly the initial improvements he made when he was bought in to take over from Mourinho have not followed the same trajectory as he would have hoped. However, he feels that players still view United as a club they want to play with.
We’re having a tough time at the moment, in the last few seasons, we’ve not gone up to the standards we expect, but it’s up to me and the club to change it as quickly as possible if it’s a season without Champions League, who knows. But players still want to come to Man United, and you wouldn’t be surprised by the names that you get asked.
There will be some players leaving at the end of the season, Antonia Valencia will be released, and if rumours are to be believed Paris Saint-Germain will gain Ander Herrera on a free transfer. Juan Mata has just two months remaining and looks set to move on, and sales are definitely planned for Marcos Rojo and Matteo Darmian. When asked about some players he seemed keen to avoid a firm answer on whether they would stay or go, instead reply with a cryptic You learn about them every single day. You get positive and negative surprises all the time, so of course, every day here is a chance to be part of the rebuild of Man United, definitely.”