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Solskjaer ready to make transfer moves

30th March 2019, 08:39 by Nick Harris

New Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has vowed to spend smartly as he looks to shape his side this summer.

The 46-year-old was given the Old Trafford reins on a permanent basis on Thursday, after impressing as caretaker boss following Jose Mourinho's sacking.

The ink was barely dry on his three-year deal by the time attention turned to the future, with the United manager underlining the importance of getting the club back where they belong.

The Norwegian knows their domestic and European hopes can only be improved with new faces and discussions were held with executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward long before his permanent appointment.

United tend to make three or four signings every summer and Solskjaer has vowed to act intelligently in an ever-inflating transfer market.

"United is a club that has money, and that has to be spent in a reasonable way," the Red Devils boss told Norwegian media.

"People who know me, know that I will use that in a good way.

"We have a plan with the club, they have scouted players for longer than I have been here, and we have players that we need to keep.

"We will not spend money just to spend money."

Solskjaer hopes to have United's transfer business wrapped up before their pre-season tour gets under way in Australia in July.

That activity is likely to be impacted by outgoings - questions surround the futures of Juan Mata and Ander Herrera as their contracts edge closer to their expiration this summer.

The latter has been strongly linked with a move to Paris St Germain and Solskjaer clearly wants the Spanish midfielder to stay.

"We want the best players in this club," he said.

"Let's hope club and player find an agreement. We will have a strong squad next season. Ander has been very good since I came in."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Nick Harris is a long-standing journalist who specialises in football and rugby league. An avid golfer, Nick also follows the major boxing fights closely.

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