Tue. Aug 20th, 2019

£50m for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

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Manchester United new interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will have up to £50million to spend to try to salvage Manchester United’s bid for a top-four place.

Solskjaer takes his first training session as United caretaker boss on Thursday following Jose Mourinho’s sacking after two-and-a-half years in charge.

The Norwegian, a hero at Old Trafford from his days as a player for the club, said: “Manchester United is in my heart and it’s brilliant to be coming back in this role. I’m really looking forward to working with the very talented squad we have, the staff and everyone at the club,”

Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, who dismissed Mourinho in a face-to-face meeting on Tuesday morning, is ready to make the cash available to Solskjaer in next month’s transfer window — if the right players are can be signed.

Woodward recognises the need to bolster the squad in January if the Reds – currently 11 points adrift of the top four in sixth – are to have any chance of finishing in the Champions League places.

A central defender and a right-sided midfielder remain the priority positions to address, with Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld potentially available for around £30m next month to fill the first of those needs/Mirror.