LONDON (AFP) – Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (pic below) is “100 per cent sure” that the club has the right structure in place and said money is available to strengthen his struggling squad.
United are 12th in the Premier League table, just two points above the relegation zone and 15 adrift of league leaders Liverpool ahead of Sunday’s clash with their fierce rivals at Old Trafford. The club’s hierarchy and recruitment under Executive Vice-Chairman Ed Woodward has come in for severe criticism but Solskjaer has described that as “an insult” as he looks to the future.
“I’ve got a three-year contract now so of course (we are) planning long-term,” Solskjaer told Sky Sports. “If you lose a game or two you don’t wait for a call to be given assurances but we have started out a plan and a recruitment plan is in place.
“I am 100 per cent sure from my time here that the structure is right because it’s always the manager who has the final say. I know people have said stuff about our recruitment but it’s almost like an insult to the recruitment office, the scouts and us as professionals – me and (assistant manager) Mick (Phelan), the staff. We make decisions on the players that we want to have and who’s available and then it’s the negotiations.”
United spent £145 million (USD185 million) in the summer on Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James, but Solskjaer said more funds were available for the right “ready-made” players.