It has only been a few days since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was appointed as the permanent manager at Manchester United.
The Norwegian earned his promotion from being a “temporary caretaker”, after a string of impressive performances by the club in the past three months. During his time as the interim manager, Solskjaer led United to 14 wins in 19 games, including the important Champions League round-of-16 second leg win against Paris Saint Germain. The victory helped them secure a berth in the Quarter-finals of the tournament.
The former United player was appointed full-time on a three-year deal last week, and since then he has already identified the four areas of his squad that he wants to strengthen this summer, as per Metro.
However, the news agency further reports that the United boss and the club’s technical director Ed Woodward, are yet to agree upon a transfer budget for the former to work on in the summer. Recent defeats against Arsenal and the Wolverhampton Wanderers have almost laid Manchester United’s top-four dreams to rest, and with that goes all chances of qualifying for the Champions League next season (that is unless United wins this year’s edition).
The above factors have reportedly cut short the transfer budget by around £60million, as Metro understands. With such uncertainty over the club’s position, Solskjaer was reportedly unable to finalize a budget during discussions with Ed Woodward.
Failure to qualify for the Champions League will also mark the end of United’s transfer race for a host of high-profile targets, including Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho. It will also risk the availability of several players in the current United squad, as many of them will be keen to make a mark in Europe’s biggest footballing stages.
Metro hence concludes that the upcoming phase of the ongoing 2018-19 season will be a crucial face for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, provided he wants to stay “at the wheel” as per the popular saying within the club’s circles.