Man Utd: Solskjaer urges team to use Europa pain to rebuild
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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has told Manchester United chiefs that the signing of Jadon Sancho is enough to make his side competitive again, according to reports. United are once again targeting Sancho after failing to land the winger last summer. The Red Devils baulked at Borussia Dortmund’s £108million asking price in 2020.
However, Sancho is set to be available for considerably less this year.
The 21-year-old had a less productive season for Dortmund, scoring eight goals and registering 11 assists in the Bundesliga.
However, he did face a lengthy spell on the sidelines due to injury, which restricted him to just 24 league starts.
United, meanwhile, finished second in the Premier League this season, 12 points behind champions Manchester City.
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Solskjaer’s side also lost out in the final of the Europa League, going down 11-10 on penalties to Villarreal on Wednesday.
Solskjaer wants to make key additions to his squad in the upcoming window and Sancho is one of them.
The Mail claim the Norwegian boss believes adding Sancho to his attacking resources will make the club compete for major honours again.
Sancho would join the likes of Edinson Cavani, Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood and Anthony Martial as United’s main forward options.
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Solskjaer reckons that would be enough to enable his side to compete with the likes of City, Liverpool and newly-crowned Champions League winners Chelsea.
Speaking after the midweek defeat to Villarreal, Solskjaer insisted his team were heading down the right path.
“We are getting closer and closer [to winning titles] we were one kick away today from having a trophy,” Solskjaer told BT Sport.
“But we’ve got to have the desire to come back next year and improve.
“The only way to get the margins on your side is to work harder and better.”
Solskjaer reiterated a similar message in his post-match press conference in Gdansk.
“We need to get better, simple as,” he said.
“We’ve done really well this season to come through a difficult start and no pre-season, losing three of the first six games.
“We pushed in the league and got closer to the top than we thought at that point.
“And we got to a final but you need to win these finals to make it a good season.”
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