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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Reveals Manchester United's New Transfer Strategy After Rochdale Performance

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Reveals Manchester United's New Transfer Strategy After Rochdale Performance

Manchester United will not be splashing the cash despite a poor start to the season according to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The Red Devils lie in 11th place in the Premier League after just two wins out of six ahead of the visit of Arsenal at Old Trafford, while they've also been hugely disappointing in games against Astana and Rochdale at Old Trafford.

It's a widely shared view that United need a drastic squad overhaul and a series of high-quality signings before they can challenge for the league again but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has different plans in terms of transfer strategy - using the £15 million signing of Dan James from Swansea as an example.

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"I think we've shown with Dan James," Solskjaer told Sky Sports.

"The price we had to pay for him wasn't massive, and he's shown there is talent out there, if you scout them well enough and recruit the right personalities, you don't have to pay over the odds.

"Of course. The money that's involved in football now is different, but I'm delighted with the three we've signed. I think they've shown that we're doing a good job."

As well as the addition of James, who scored three goals in his first four Premier League games, United also paid £50 million for Aaron Wan-Bissaka and a world-record £80 million to land Harry Maguire.

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"If you look at Aaron and Dan, 21-year-olds, they're coming in and doing a good job," the Norwegian added.

"We're not expecting them to be leaders, but they'll have longevity, and they'll stay in the club and the team for many, many years.

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"Harry is a different player; he was the one centre-back we wanted, and the one we felt was the missing jigsaw in that defence. He was for now and the future, because he's only 26. I'm delighted with those three, both for now, and for the future. It's not just signing players for the sake of it, you have to sign the right ones."

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Solskjaer also responded to former teammate Roy Keane's comments on Sky Sports that United lacked desire Sky Sports after he watched United's 2-0 Premier League loss to West Ham last weekend.

He continued: "Why wouldn't you be angry when you lose a game? Of course you're angry within. That's one thing; you put pressure on yourself, and you're competitive. I want to win every single training session. I wanted to beat Roy in cards on the team coach! But I don't show it to everyone.

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"Maybe the ones who know me the best will see how I feel. I can't go out [like that], I manage my way, and lead the players my way, and I lead these players the way I deem to be right, and what's said in the dressing room is said in there, and it stays there."

Topics: Football News, ed woodward, Football, Manchester United, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

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