Sol­sk­jaer will ‘voice opin­ion’ on po­ten­tial trans­fer tar­gets

The Irish Times - Sports Weekend - - Front Page - JAMIE JACK­SON

Ole Gun­nar Sol­sk­jaer has yet to dis­cuss any po­ten­tial trans­fer tar­gets for Manch­ester United in the cur­rent win­dow but will of­fer an opin­ion when re­quired.

While the in­terim man­ager also sug­gested Paul Pogba might not be fit for to­day’s FA Cup third round tie with Read­ing Sol­sk­jaer in­di­cated that if any play­ers are re­cruited in Jan­uary this will be a prod­uct of a longterm strat­egy.

“The club’s prob­a­bly had a plan – you don’t just plan the next day and next month but this trans­fer win­dow has prob­a­bly been planned since the sum­mer and year be­fore. The struc­ture [here] is phe­nom­e­nal. I’m sure they’ve got their tar­gets,” said the 45-year-old. “I’m here to voice my opin­ion on that and I’m sure we’ll sit down, me and Ed [Wood­ward, ex­ec­u­tive vice-chair­man] if we’ve got any­thing in the pipe­line.

“I’m here to work with the ones I’ve got, they’ve all per­formed and as long as they per­form they should get a chance but that’s my job to im­prove play­ers and in­di­vid­u­als.”

While it is un­der­stood the club re­tain the view that Jan­uary is a dif­fi­cult month strengthen, of Pogba Sol­sk­jaer said: “I’m not sure if Paul’s go­ing to be ready – he got a knock against New­cas­tle. [Mar­cus] Rojo, [Chris] Smalling out. If [Maraoune] Fel­laini gets through the ses­sion to­day [Fri­day] it’s more or less a full squad.”

Alexis Sánchez and Romelu Lukaku will start against Read­ing, which kick-offs at 12.30 to­day. “Lukaku, Sánchez will start – that’s im­por­tant for them be­cause they need more game time,” he said. “Def­i­nitely, there’ll be a few changes and some of them - they’ll get a chance some are itch­ing now to play of course.”

Sol­sk­jaer is aim­ing for a fifth con­sec­u­tive win. Af­ter Read­ing his squad fly to Dubai for warm-weather train­ing ahead of the trip to Tot­ten­ham on Jan­uary 13th.

Sol­sk­jaer warned the break is not one for re­lax­ation. “If any of the play­ers think it’s a hol­i­day they’re wrong, we’re there to stick to­gether, to work hard on the phys­i­cal part of it ahead of the Tot­ten­ham game.”

Sol­sk­jaer has not yet held talks with the United hi­er­ar­chy about his fu­ture at the club.

The Nor­we­gian has made the per­fect start to his in­terim ten­ure at Old Traf­ford, be­com­ing the first United man­ager since Matt Busby to win his first four league games, lead­ing to in­creased spec­u­la­tion that he may be given the job full-time. Sol­sk­jaer said: “It’s early doors. Of course when I came in they were open and hon­est about they’re go­ing to have a process look­ing for the next man­ager. But the more you’re here, the more you en­joy it.

“I’ve said one game at a time and the day they an­nounce the next man­ager, if it’s me or some­one else, good luck. It’s not my job to rate my­self and judge my­self. That’s up to some­one else.”

– Guardian

Ole Gun­nar Sol­sk­jaer: “I’m here to voice my opin­ion on that”

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