Manchester United endured a difficult transfer window in the summer and missed out on their prime target.
It was clear from the end of last season that the Red Devils would try to sign Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho in the summer, but sadly a deal never materialised and the England international is still playing his football in the Bundesliga (recent report on saga via MEN).
Fans will hope to see some activity in the January transfer window because, regardless of what Solskjaer says, the team is not where it needs to be and United need to improve if they are to challenge for league titles.
We also must realise the manager can only work with the players he has available. It is his job to get results and you need a quality side to do that consistently in the Premier League.
Earlier today Solskjaer was asked if he expects Manchester United to be busy in the January transfer market. The boss reference the current financial situation surrounding COVID-19, which isn’t helped by the fact the team play at an empty Old Trafford.
“Hardy to predict the financial situation of other teams,” Solskjaer said, as quoted by Manchester Evening News. “I don’t predict a lot of ins and outs, the football world has changed. Depends on injury situations etc. I am very happy with my squad, we are getting stronger. I feel I am in a good position.”
I share some of that optimism but the squad isn’t where it needs to be. You can’t be happy with the squad right now. You just can’t when a lot more is expected.
Signings players is always difficult in January so I’m not expecting much. It tends to show the club didn’t act quickly enough in the summer (example: Bruno Fernandes last year), and wouldn’t that fit a certain narrative?