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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: Manchester United Rebuild Will Take a Few Transfer Windows

Gill Clark@@gillclarkyFeatured Columnist IIApril 20, 2019

BARCELONA, SPAIN - APRIL 16: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Manager of Manchester United looks on prior to the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final second leg match between FC Barcelona and Manchester United at Camp Nou on April 16, 2019 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)
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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says it will take a few transfer windows to rebuild the Red Devils squad.

The Norwegian was appointed as the club's manager on a permanent basis on a three-year contract in March after a successful spell as caretaker boss, and he has spoken about his plans for the future, per Simon Mullock at the Mirror:

"It is going to be a rebuild. We know it's going to take a few transfer windows because we're not going to get six or seven players in at once.

"I'm realistic enough to think there will be less than six players coming in this summer – in fact, I know there won't be six players coming in.

"We have to take one step at a time. And any new player has to be the right player, the right fit. We plan to be in the top four and we plan to be in the Champions League next year. But we have short-term and long-term aims. The long-term targets and ambitions won't change regardless of what happens."

Solskjaer enjoyed a record-breaking start to life at Old Trafford after replacing Jose Mourinho in the hot seat:

Statman Dave @StatmanDave

Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s record of 26 points from his first 10 Premier League games at Man Utd is a PL era record. Dealt with an up-hill challenge well today. 👏👏👏 https://t.co/XM9VM62xBS

However, the team's form has dipped in recent weeks. Manchester United have lost five of their last seven matches and were dumped out of the UEFA Champions League by Barcelona on Wednesday.

Squawka's Muhammad Butt highlighted where the squad needs strengthening:

Muhammad Butt @muhammadbutt

agree with this. the needs are CB, RB, LB, DM, RW (all starter quality). could even throw a creative CM in there too but could also just start playing Fred more. #MUFC https://t.co/iWjK2kCe81

Football writer Liam Canning noted the players Manchester United could target:

Liam Canning @LiamPaulCanning

RB: Aaron Wan-Bissaka CB: Toby Alderweireld DM/CM: Tanguy Ndombele RW: Hirving Lozano Bring in James Garner and Mason Greenwood into the squad on a more regular basis. In terms of realistic targets, these players should be near the top of the list.

Solskjaer must also deal with some of the club's current stars. Goalkeeper David De Gea and key midfielder Paul Pogba are demanding huge pay rises to stay at Old Trafford, according to Matt Hughes at The Times.

Meanwhile, Manchester United are willing to "listen to offers" for striker Romelu Lukaku in the summer, according to James Ducker at the Telegraph.

Manchester United's transfer plans will also be affected by their final league position. The club are battling with Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur for a place in the top four and qualification for next season's Champions League.

Solskjaer has also said he could look to the club's young players for next season:

Tom McDermott @MrTomMcDermott

Some honest quotes from Solskjaer doing the rounds about the summer window and giving Greenwood, Dalot and Rashford even more game time next season. #MUFC manager says that there will not be a massive overhaul and that the ‘rebuild’ will take a few windows.

Manchester United face an intriguing summer in the transfer market ahead of Solskjaer's first full season in charge of the club.

The Red Devils will have to strengthen in key areas if they are to challenge for trophies again, but Solskjaer also has decisions to make regarding which players he wants to keep at the club and build his team around. 

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