Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes the club will still be able to attract the world’s best players even if it misses out on Champions League qualification. United are currently ninth in the Premier League table with six points separating them from the top four.
The Champions League gives the club more resources, more money, that’s one thing
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
The Red Devils can also advance to Europe’s premiere club competition if they win the Europa League or finish fifth, as long as Manchester City remain in the top four and their UEFA ban isn’t overturned.
According to the Daily Mirror, however, Solskjaer is confident that a potential failure to qualify to the Champions League wouldn’t affect the club’s transfer plans.
The Old Trafford outfit are currently targeting a number of bright stars, including the likes of James Maddison, Jack Grealish and Jadon Sancho from Leicester, Aston Villa and Borussia Dortmund respectively.
A lack of Champions League football could lower their chances of getting their men but the Norwegian manager believes that players will still want to join United as long as they continue to impress on the pitch.
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Solskjaer said: “The Champions League gives the club more resources, more money, that’s one thing. It’s a prestigious tournament to be in, of course.
“But doing as well as we can, and if we play well the rest of the season, and players that we might want are impressed by that, it might be easier to convince them to come here.
“But I don’t think one season – this season is the Europa League – if next season is with or without the Champions League, I wouldn’t say that’s the be-all and end-all for a player to sign for us.”
United spent the winter break in Spain where they underwent a warm-weather training camp ahead of Monday’s crunch clash against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge (8pm).
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Solskjaer is pleased with the way the mid-season break turned out for his squad and expects to see some good results on the pitch.
He added: “You just need a change of scenery.
“I wouldn’t say they get sick of each other but, as a team, you know you’re going to stay together for 10-and-a-half months for a season.
“So maybe it’s nice to have time with your kids or with your wife, instead of your team-mates you’ve been tackling all day.
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“The freshness in their heads, their mentality, the smile, they were glad to see each other again.
“They’d been living together in a hotel for two months, more or less. So it’s been very beneficial.
“It was more about getting the group together again and giving them that first week to refresh, and now we regroup and start the fitness work.
“It was the first training week we’ve had together for five months.
“We haven’t had a week together training for five months, and that’s quite a long time to work on things and nail the details.
“There were a couple of things we weren’t happy about that we had to sort.”
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