Manchester United have been linked with some signing some big names this summer like Jadon Sancho and Jack Grealish but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may also look closer to home to help improve his squad
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists Manchester United intend to improve the current squad through signing players this summer and using academy products.
Premier League clubs will be able to sign players again from Monday when the summer transfer window reopens and the Red Devils are hoping to hold a key advantage
By then they will know whether they can offer any transfer targets Champions League football with the end of the season arriving on Sunday.
The club have been linked with the likes of Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho and Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish for months, but they will not come cheap.
But qualifying for Champions League football will give United much better spending power in their pursuit of big names.
United have their destiny on their own hands when it comes to finishing in the top four with two Premier League games remaining.
They welcome West Ham to Old Trafford this evening before traveling to play Leicester City of a crucial clash on Sunday.
Four points from those two games will guarantee a top four finish, but the Red Devils could miss out if they lose to the Foxes, even if they beat West Ham.
Solskjaer is also ready to axe several first-team players in a bid to free up some money through sales and wages.
And the Norwegian is open to offloading squad players Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo, and Jesse Lingard, as well as highest earner Alexis Sanchez, and has already reiterated his commitment to youth by promoting Teden Mengi and Ethan Laird, both 18, to first-team training.
“There are two games left now of the season and we’ve been playing non-stop since the restart,” Solskjaer said. “We’ve enjoyed it. Most of players have had a chance, most of them have done well. I’m very happy with the squad.
“It’s just that feeling of we’ve got great momentum when we’ve played and we didn’t get any injuries, so we’ve played more or less the same team and they performed really well.
“But as a club we’re always looking at promoting kids and adding players that are better than our squad anyway. Let’s just focus on these next two first.”
United could still make it into the Champions League by winning the Europa League if they do not finish in the Premier League top four.
They are the bookies favourites to claim the trophy ahead of the restart of the competition and can go all out to win it once the league season is over.
“We can sit back and see after the league is finished and when the Europa League is done to see how we’ve done,” Solskjaer added. “And then we can evaluate from where did we start? How did we end up?”