AIN’T A CLAUSE

Manchester Evening News - - SPORT - By SA­MUEL LUCKHURST By TY­RONE MAR­SHALL

OLE Gun­nar Sol­sk­jaer in­sists United need two or three play­ers to com­plete their squad re­build.

Vic­to­ries over City and Tot­ten­ham last week have taken the Reds to within five points of fourth-placed Chelsea in the Pre­mier League ta­ble and they won their Europa League group with a 4-0 stroll against AZ Alk­maar.

United face Ever­ton at Old Traf­ford to­mor­row and could also progress through to the Carabao Cup semi-fi­nals

PEP Guardi­ola has played down re­ports he has a break clause in his con­tract that could see him leave City this sum­mer.

His deal ex­pires at the end of the 2020/21 sea­son, but it has been against League Two Colch­ester United next week.

De­spite the re­cent pos­i­tiv­ity, United have still only won six of their 14 league games and ended the sum­mer trans­fer win­dow with­out two pri­or­ity tar­gets.

The Reds are open to do­ing busi­ness in the Jan­uary trans­fer win­dow but Sol­sk­jaer in­di­cated loan deals were more re­al­is­tic. M.E.N. Sport un­der­stands United’s head of global scout­ing, Mar­cel Bout, was in at­ten­dance to watch Er­ling Haa­land start for Red Bull Salzburg against claimed he could leave the Eti­had as long as ‘cer­tain con­di­tions’ are met.

But Guardi­ola has de­nied that is the case and re­it­er­ated his stance that he will be stay­ing at the club next sea­son, and maybe longer.

When asked about the re­ports of a

Liver­pool in mid­week and United are in­ter­ested in Le­ices­ter play­maker James Mad­di­son, as well as a mid­field sign­ing.

“We’re look­ing to strengthen in many po­si­tions,” Sol­sk­jaer said. “If you look at our squad com­pared to oth­ers, we’re get­ting there but need two or three play­ers to have a squad with enough num­bers to ro­tate and we’ll see what we sign.”

Ne­manja Matic is pon­der­ing a move in the New Year and that could give United the lever­age to off­set his de­par­ture with a mid­field sign­ing. break clause in his con­tract ahead of to­mor­row’s clash at Arse­nal, Guardi­ola said: “Not true. I spoke about it a few weeks ago, about my in­ten­tions for the club.”

Speak­ing last month, Guardi­ola said: “I want to stay, I don’t have any rea­sons to move.”

United’s head of global scout­ing went to watch Er­ling Haa­land this week

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