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Man United’s slow window

Manchester United finished 33 points adrift of Premier League champions Liverpool last season.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, meanwhile, was fairly reluctant to make use of players outside of his main starting XI on a consistent basis, which eventually led to a number of key members of his squad looking majorly fatigued over the campaign’s run-in.

As a result, this summer is viewed as one in which United need to add some depth to Solskjaer’s squad, to back up a strong first-choice XI.

To this point, though, the Red Devils have made just one signing, in the form of Donny van de Beek, who arrived from Ajax.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – APRIL 21: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Manager of Manchester United looks on during the Premier League match between Everton FC and Manchester United at Goodison Park on April 21, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

Solskjaer vents frustrations

And whilst the Dutchman will no doubt prove a solid addition for United, was the centre of midfield really an area in which new arrivals should have been prioritised?

The Reds’ right-wing, centre-back and centre-forward spots look, on paper, the main ones in need of reinforcement.

United were, of course, heavily tipped to move for Jadon Sancho earlier in the summer, though that deal appears to have fallen flat.

The Manchester giants have also been linked with fresh faces at the back, though no arrival appears imminent at this point.

As such, with United’s season now less than two weeks away from kicking off, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer appears to be growing frustrated at the club’s lack of movement on the transfer front, compared to the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City.

As per the Daily Star, quoting Ian McGarry of the Transfer Window podcast:

“I’m told that there was a meeting at Carrington training ground earlier this week in which Ole Gunnar Solskjaer met with some of the recruitment staff, including Matt Judge who’s the guy who basically recommends and makes decisions on players before it goes upstairs to Ed Woodward.

“[Solskjaer] expressed his frustration and, unsurprisingly, with Manchester City already ahead in the window with the signings of Nathan Ake and Ferran Torres, Chelsea spending like drunken yuppies it seems on all parts of the team, Solskjaer is concerned that despite the fact he has been flagging up for weeks and months now where he sees the team needs to be strengthened, they are lagging behind their rivals.”

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