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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Manchester United are prepared for a busier summer transfer window than usual as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks to revamp his side.

As soon as the caretaker role became a full-time post last week, attention turned to transfer activity as the 1999 treble hero attempts to take them back to the top of the English game.

Solskjaer outlined his views on the squad to executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward long before being named manager and Tuesday's 2-1 loss at Wolves only underlined the work needed.

United are prepared for there to be more activity than the standard three players in, three out approach adopted in recent summers.

Jadon Sancho, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Saul Niguez and Declan Rice are among a host of players to have been linked with a summer move to Old Trafford, while United have been keeping a close eye on highly-rated Benfica teenager Joao Felix.

The 19-year-old is enjoying his breakthrough season but has been on United's radar for years, even before shining against Nicky Butt's Under-19 side in a UEFA Youth League match in October 2017. At the back there have been clear improvements under Solskjaer, but there is growing talk about the Real Madrid future of long-standing target Raphael Varane.

The aforementioned names would certainly fulfil United's desire to bring in players that can make a difference, while the number, and profile, of signings are likely to be impacted by the decisions of Ander Herrera and Juan Mata.

The Spanish pair are set to be free agents this summer unless there is a break in protracted contract negotiations, with Herrera even reported by some outlets to have signed a pre-contract agreement with Paris St Germain.

Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford are the star names that have been linked with moves away but the pair are individuals that Solskjaer believes can fulfil their ambitions at United.

"I would believe so, that's our aim as a club to be achieving what we have done in the past and that is the expectations here and of course we are hoping to build a team strong enough worthy of the history of the club," the Norwegian said recently.

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