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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer backtracks over transfer comments

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer now believes the squad depth at Manchester United is good enough having said it needed improving at the end of last season.

United have only made one signing in the 10-week summer transfer window so far in Donny van de Beek and rancour is simmering among supporters frustrated by a lack of additions.

Solskjaer said in April United could ‘exploit’ the transfer market amid the coronavirus pandemic and on August 20 stressed: “We need to strengthen the squad depth because it’s going to be a long season.”

However, Solskjaer now regrets his use of the word ‘exploit’ and the recent Carabao Cup victories over Luton Town and Brighton have caused him to reassess the quality of his squad.

“When we’re planning, you’ve got players here we believe in,” Solskjaer said. “Of course, the transfer window is still open for a little while and the club has been working and know my view and we’re here to strengthen it in the long-term as well.

“I’m not gonna say what’s acceptable or not for other clubs and teams in this difficult period. We’ll tell you when and if something happens.

“I think my wording during lockdown – ‘exploit’ – was a bad word by me. I didn’t mean that in that respect, I meant there might be clubs and players out there that have to move because of the situation and it might be a something interesting for us.

“At the moment we’ve not had the, what’s the word? There’s not been those situations. Of course, we’ve lost loads of money, as the other clubs have as well. And when I talk about the squad depth, we’ve got a big squad.”

Solskjaer named the same XI in five Premier League matches running across June and July last term and nine of those players lined up in the Europa League semi-final defeat to Sevilla.

“Of course, the performances last season didn’t warrant me giving too many of them more options,” Solskajer added. “I think the 11, 12, 13 players that really played and really played well deserved to play more and that means when you don’t play you don’t get the fitness and sharpness you need to knock on the door to get into the team.

“I think it’s a different scenario now already after two games. I’ve seen many of the other players who didn’t play too much last season play really well.”

On the possibility of any more deals before Monday’s 11pm deadline, Solskjaer said: “Well, I’m not gonna go into the transfer window now, of course all my focus is on Sunday’s game [against Tottenham]. The club’s always working hard to have as strong as possible a squad and if something happens, in or out, you’ll get to know.”

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