Ole Gunnar Solskjaer provides honest update on Man Utd’s January transfer plans

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes the January transfer window will be a quiet one, with teams forced to cut down on their spending as a result of the financial effects of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The summer window saw Premier League clubs around £1.3bn on permanent additions, with the total expenditure just £100m less than last summer.

United spent around £54.4m, with Donny van de Beek, Alex Telles, Edinson Cavani and Facundo Pellistri making the move to Old Trafford.

The club has previously been active in the January transfer window, bringing in Bruno Fernandes last season for around £47m.

However, Solskjaer does not think there will be much big spending this January, having been quizzed on the subject at his pre-match press conference ahead of United’s game against Southampton.

When asked if he was expecting a busy January, Solskjaer replied: “It’s hard to predict what the financial situation is, if teams need to sell or if they have got money to buy.

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“I don’t predict a lot of ins and outs, to be fair.

“The world, financially, and football world has changed as well, it depends the injury situations are at teams.

“I feel very happy with my squad, we’re getting stronger.

“I still have issues every week when we only have an 18-man squad: who do I leave out? I feel we’re in a good position.”

Solskjaer also spoke about the imminent return of fans to football games for the first time since March.

Grounds in parts of England which are Tier 1 or Tier 2 can welcome back limited numbers of supporters after December 2 but those in Tier 3 areas will not be able to.

United are one of those sides who will not be able to let fans in yet, with Manchester classed as a Tier 3 area, but Solskjaer is happy that some fans will be present when his side face West Ham on December 5.

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“I’m very pleased that we’re making progress and we can let the fans in gradually,” Solskjaer added.

“Of course we can’t wait to see our own fans at Old Trafford and we know how long they’ve been waiting to be there to watch the games live.

“This is a step in the right direction and even though they are fans for the other team, they are still creating an atmosphere in the game.”

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