Solskjaer makes demands as sack rumours grow

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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has urged the club to back him in the transfer market by signing the players he need early enough to avoid being short of options again.

The Norwegian admits that last summer’s transfer dealings were late as finding replacements for departing players proved difficult.

The boss has also endorsed the club to be quicker in the market at the end of the current campaign.

“We do have a clear picture of what the squad is going to look like in June-July,” he said during the pre-Spurs context, as quoted by Goal.

“Hopefully, you get as much done as soon as possible. With Harry [Maguire] coming in, Romelu [Lukaku] going out, it was late. We do have a plan now.”

“I can just go on the evidence of the game days and supporters I’ve met,” Ole added. “There’s not many I’ve met that say you’ve got to do something different. They can see what we’re trying to do.  They know there’s a lot of work being done behind the scenes – put a culture in the team, what we’re trying to do here, with what’s happening here at Carrington.

“I’m not going to tell anyone how to run their football clubs, but I think everyone knows continuity is one of the keys of success. Some clubs have more patience than others, some clubs don’t have that time and continuity.

“For me, with Man United, we have a plan in place and hopefully we can get the results to speed it up. Sometimes it doesn’t go at the speed you want to, but it’s still going in the right direction.  I just know I have a set of values and beliefs.

“The club have values and beliefs and I know that we have made these decisions together. Results will change moods but the mood behind the scenes is positive. I can’t sit here and just talk about that, we want results and I feel we’re going to stick to the plan we’ve put together.

“Results will probably speed that up.”

United play Spurs today at Old Trafford in our battle for a top four finish.