Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Our Priority is Not on Transfers, Maintains United Manager Ole Gunnar

Manchester United Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has maintained that he has confidence in his Manchester United players when asked about transfers ahead their Saturday match against Brighton.

The Red Devils boss has been urged to sign new centre-back and a left-back after shaky displays in the opening two games of the season.

United slipped to a 3-1 defeat at home to Crystal Palace last weekend in their Premier League opener before a far-from-convincing display against Luton in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday.

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Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Image/Sky Sports

But speaking ahead of the trip to the Brighton, Solskjaer insisted his priority is earning three points rather than transfers.

“I am very confident in my players,” said the United boss. “In football you can’t predict too much. My focus is solely on the game. We need three points on Saturday, then we can talk again.”

Solskjaer also provided an update on the future of Chris Smalling, who has been training on his own as he continues to push for a return to Roma.

Asked if Smalling may return to first-team training, the Norwegian replied: “Different things need to happen then. Let’s see if there is that change. Let’s see what happens to Chris when the transfer window closes.”

So far, Roma and United have been unable to agree to a fee for the former England defender, while a number of other fringe players are also linked with Old Trafford exits.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hints he’s ready to name new first-choice Man Utd centre-back pair. Image/Courtesy

Among the out-of-favour stars are defender Marcos Rojo and Sergio Romero, who has been relegated to third-choice goalkeeper after Dean Henderson’s return to the fold this summer.

And Solskjaer had a frank response when questioned about the futures of Romero and Rojo, adding: “It’s not my job to keep them happy.

“My job to pick teams to get results. It’s up to them to be fit and perform when called upon.”



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