Manchester United had a quiet but effective summer. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plan to build from the back is somewhat working.
The Baby Faced Assassin’s three signings all made a positive impact, as Solskjaer proves he knows what he’s doing when it comes to signing players. Though you do have to remember that Rome wasn’t built in a day. It will take time to fix this team from top to bottom.
As Solskjaer met the media ahead of Arsenal’s Monday Night Football visit to Old Trafford, he was asked about transfers ahead of the January window. Our Norweigan manager admitted that he’s looking for ‘creativity and goals’ from a forward.
Furthermore, the boss also went on to say that there were striking options available to him over the summer – though none fitted the bill…
‘When we let Alexis and Romelu go, you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to see that it’s forwards that next time we’re going to recruit. We’re looking for some creativity and goals.‘ Solskjaer is quoted as saying by the Daily Mail.
‘But there’s no point getting players in that you’re not 100 per cent sure about because when you get players in, you need the right ones that are going to stay here for a longer period.
‘That’s the long-term thinking that we have to show. I can’t think ‘I need a player because this is my reputation’. No, it’s the club.
‘There were strikers (available) but they weren’t the ones we wanted. We couldn’t get the one we wanted.’
It’s a tough situation because at this point, United are two key forwards down, leaving Mason Greenwood as the only natural striker in the first-team squad. That’s simply not good enough.
All the pressure is on the shoulders of a 17-year-old kid, and I know that hindsight is a wonderful thing, but this could have easily been avoided.
Marcus Rashford’s and Anthony Martial’s injury records have been there for all to see. In the case of the latter in particular, he’s always picking up small problems that keep him sidelined every now and then…
I’m all for not signing players for the sake of it, but football is now more of a squad game than it ever was. It just feels a little naive to go into a potentially 50+ game season with so few options up top.