Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sends Ed Woodward transfer message after top four finish (Image: GETTY)
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists the club’s board know what he wants from the transfer window this summer.
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has put the onus on Ed Woodward and the club’s board to deliver in the transfer market after his players delivered on the pitch on Sunday to put them back in the Champions League.
United headed to Leicester needing a point to make sure of a top-four finish and came out 2-0 winners at the King Power Stadium thanks to Bruno Fernandes’ penalty and a goal from Jesse Lingard after an error from Kasper Schmeichel.
Three points for the Red Devils mean they finish third on 66 points, with their superior goal difference putting them a point above fourth-placed Chelsea.
And as a result United will finish in the top four for only the third time in seven seasons since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013.
Champions League football means United go into the transfer market, which opens on Monday, with significantly more money.
Rivals Liverpool earned ￡76million from the competition this season despite being eliminated by Atletico Madrid at the last-16 stage, having netted ￡100m for winning it in 2018-19.
And that kind of cash could be vital for United this summer as Solskjaer chases signings such as Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund, with Jack Grealish of Aston Villa another target.
The Norwegian coach sent a clear message to his superiors, particularly executive vice-chairman Woodward who oversees the club’s recruitment, after the win over Leicester by insisting the club know what he wants to add to his squad before next season.
“For this team, it means better opposition next year and bigger games,” Solskjaer said when asked by Sky Sports what a top-four finish means.
“We need to step it up because it means every midweek you’ve got to go with your best team.
“In the Europa League, we’ve rested players and given an amount of minutes to young lads. Now, we’ve got to go for every game.
“You’ve got to go and get fitter and stronger and more robust. That’s another part of the Champions League – of course, financial gain. But that’s not in my head.
“The club know what I feel we need and we’re going to try and pursue it. So let’s see where we end up.”
The United manager continued on his current squad: “I think these boys are looking more and more like a Man United team – the Man United way. You play with no fear, you go for it.
“Today, we could have sat back and tried to get a draw but it’s not in our genes. It’s not in the DNA of the club. We’ve just gone for it.
“I think the boys have done a great achievement. From where we were earlier on in the season to end up third is fantastic by them. They’ve taken on board so many things.
“We’ve had our ups and downs and it’s come down to the last game. I have to say it’s a wonderful achievement by everyone.”
United legend Roy Keane, one of Sky Sports’ pundits for the match, is predicting that Solskjaer will be suitably backed in the summer.
The manager has signed four players – Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Daniel James and goalscorer Fernandes – who have helped turn United back into a dangerous outfit again.
“You’d like to think United is a big draw for players. But, if United hadn’t have gotten Champions League, it would’ve been very difficult,” Keane said.
“All of the top players need to be in the Champions League, that gives Ole better options when he goes to speak to these players.
“He needs to get backing. I’m pretty sure he’ll get that backing.”
United’s current campaign is not yet over however, as they face LASK in the second leg of their Europa League round of 16 clash on August 5, leading 5-0 from the first tie.
With their spot in the quarter-finals all-but booked already, they will take on Istanbul Basaksehir or Copenhagen in the last eight.
Premier League rivals Wolves may await in the semi-finals, if they beat Olympiakos and then one of Sevilla or Roma.