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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: Manchester United have scrambled in previous windows, now we’re in a good place.

“We’ve scrambled before towards the end of the window and now we’re in a good position”; Real Madrid defender Varane’s arrival should be confirmed in the coming days, United’s second major signing of the summer after Sancho’s £73m arrival from Borussia Dortmund.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he “can’t ask for more backing” from Manchester United after securing both Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane early in the transfer window.

Real Madrid defender Varane’s arrival should be confirmed in the coming days, United’s second major signing of the summer after Sancho’s £73m move from Borussia Dortmund.


And Solskjaer seemed both relieved and delighted with getting the bulk of United’s business done with two-and-a-half weeks until the start of the season, a far cry from previous seasons where the club have “scrambled” late in the window.

“I think, as I’ve said before, every manager would be happy the sooner and earlier the deals are done and this year we’ve managed to get it sorted,” Solskjaer said after Wednesday’s 2-2 friendly draw against Brentford in front of
30,000 fans at Old Trafford.

I think the two we’ve got in will make a huge difference for us, both this season short-term but also long-term.

Raphael is into his prime as a centre-back. He’s the same age as Harry (Maguire), a year older than Eric (Bailly) and a couple years older than Victor (Lindelof) so there I’ve got a fantastic group of centre-backs.

With Jadon as well, with the young forwards we’ve got it’s exciting. As a manager you can’t ask for more backing when you’ve got these two in as early as we have.

We’ve scrambled before towards the end of the window and now I think, I have to say, we’re in a good position. Pre-season is always difficult, though, in a championship year, never mind in the pandemic with the quarantining and isolation.

“You can see the team tonight, there’s loads of youngsters still. Everyone who has worked pre-season has done well and now they’re coming in drips and drabs.

“We haven’t got time to play catch-up so the others turning up late and don’t get a proper pre-season or are not fit when they come in, they might struggle to get into the team because today was a very good performance.”

Solskjaer believes proven winner Varane will make a “huge difference” for Manchester United moving forwards.

Having finished runners-up in last season’s Premier League and Europa League, the Old Trafford giants have made waves in the transfer market in a bid to bring silverware back to the club.

On Varane, Solskjaer said: “Of course very happy that we’ve managed to get a deal with Real Madrid. The medical should hopefully be OK and he’s a proven winner. He’s a player we’ve followed for many, many years.

“I know Sir Alex (Ferguson) was very, very close to signing him, so this time around we’ve got him at the other end of his career.

“He’s proved over his whole career what a good person he is first of all, professional and he’s won what there is to win. I’m very happy getting both our players in.

“First of all, the club shows ambition with one of the most exciting young forwards in world football and one of the most respected centre-backs in the world and one of the most winning centre-backs in the world.

“With him in of course we’ve got different ways of playing as well. I can see different ways of playing with Raphael. I can’t wait to get him in. Hopefully we can get that sorted as soon as.”

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