The Norwegian manager still wants to have a talk with the club chairman over possible January transfer moves for the Red Devils despite only being appointed as a caretaker manager.

The main target for the Manchester club would be that of acquiring a new centre-back in January with the best options but also the most expensive being Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly and Roma’s Kostas Manolas.

Solskjaer intends to speak with Woodward in order to discuss any intentions the club may have on how they will operate on the transfer market in January. Nevertheless, the manager thinks that there probably have been plans even before he arrived at Old Trafford.

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer celebrates after opening 5-1 win over Cardiff City with Paul Pogba and Fred. (Photo: Reuters)

“The club’s probably had a plan,” he told a news conference ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup clash with Reading. “It’s probably been planned since the summer and the year before.

“The structure of the club is phenomenal. I’m sure they’ve got their targets. I’m here to voice my opinion on that. I’m sure we’ll sit down, me and Ed, and if they’ve got anything in the pipeline.

“I’m here now to work with the ones I’ve got. I have to say, the question of, ‘Could you have hoped for better?’ – I think they’ve all performed. As long as the players perform, they should always be given the next chance. That’s my job as well, to improve the team and individuals.”

The Norwegian manager said that he would be very pleased if he had to be appointed as permanent manager for United but still pointed out the fact that he was only selected as an interim manager from Molde.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer pictured during his tenure as Molde manager. (Copyright – SNS Group)

“It’s early doors,” he said. “Of course, when I came in, they were open and honest about having a process looking for the next manager. But the more you’re here, the more you enjoy it. But I’ve said: one game at a time, and the day they announce the next manager, good luck.

“I don’t get distracted easily. I’m very focused. I know what my job is: my job is now Reading, and then we go to Dubai to prepare for Tottenham. It’s not up to me to rate myself and judge myself. That’s for someone else. I was like that as a player, I just focused on what my job was.”


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