Ole Gunnar Solskjaer revealed that Manchester United is in a good place after securing the services of Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane. Unlike other windows, both transfers have been completed early in the window. Although Raphael Varane has not been officially announced, the transfer is all but completed. Varane follows Jadon Sancho who moved from Borussia Dortmund for £73m.
“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,” Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said after Manchester United signed Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho. “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 center-back. He’s the same age as Harry (Maguire), a year older than Eric (Bailly) and a couple of years older than Victor (Lindelof) so there I’ve got a fantastic group of center-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,” he added. “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.”
After finishing runners-up behind Manchester City last season, Solskjaer will be hoping they can go one better this season.