After a perfect start as caretaker manager at Manchester United, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has hinted that he could be in a position to influence January reinforcements for the club.
The Norwegian tactician replaced José Mourinho, who was axed on December 18, with the Reds since going on to win four games on the bounce.
While picking up the important 12 points of Christmas they scored 14 goals and conceded three, so this period has seen United jump a hurdle without Mourinho at the helm and the players look much happier for it.
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Solskjaer has already found the solution to many of United’s problems. The former manager made us think we needed to defend in numbers to make up for having bad defenders, though the baby-faced assassin has shown us attack is the best form of defence for this particular side.
United are now in a situation that finishing in the top four is not out of the question. Currently in sixth, the Reds are three points off Arsenal in fifth and six points off Chelsea in fourth.
Speaking to the press on Friday morning, Solskjaer revealed that he could hold talks with Ed Woodward about signing players this month with the winter transfer window open.
“I am sure they have got plans for this transfer window,” Solskjaer said, as quoted by Sky Sports. “The club has probably had a plan since the summer and the year before.
“I am here to voice my opinion on that and I am sure we will sit down, me and Ed, if they have got anything in the pipeline.
“I am here now to work with the ones that I have got. They have all performed and as long as they perform, they should always be given a chance. That is my job – to improve the team and individuals.”
It would make sense for United to go out and sign a world-class defender should one come available, even if a decision has not been made on the next full-time manager.
A centre-half such as Kalidou Koulibaly would be the perfect fit to play alongside Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly. Which manager wouldn’t like to take change of a side including the Senegalese defender?