Date published: Saturday 27th June 2020 9:46
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer suggests Man United are “probably being hit more than anyone else” by the financial impact of the ongoing global pandemic.
Man United have been linked with a number of players despite uncertainty as to when the summer transfer window will even open this year.
The club sparked possible concern last month by activating a £140m loan facility in response to considerable losses across the football industry.
Ed Woodward stated in April that “speculation around transfers of individual players for hundreds of millions of pounds this summer seems to ignore the realities that face the sport,” and Solskjaer has issued a similarly stark warning.
“I think the pandemic has hit everyone really hard,” he said when looking at his Man United transfer plans.
“I still think we need to wait and see how things are panning out to know the real effects of the pandemic, to know what kind of financial state we are in.
“You see some teams invest, some teams don’t. We’ll have to take a big look at things ourselves to see how hard we’ve been hit.
“I know the club has announced a few numbers before and of course it’s not right for me here now to say, ‘we are going to have X amount’ because I don’t really know. We don’t really know how hard we’ve been hit.
“We are financially a strong club – but we are also probably being hit more than anyone else.
“So, let’s see how quickly we can get our fans into the stadiums and of course the league position is going to be important for us this season. If we can get a trophy, the FA Cup or the Europa League.
“The Europa League will also qualify us for the Champions League, so still a lot of uncertainty and these three, four months, they’ve made every businessman in the world, every footballer in the world… I think everyone is still unsure of what the effect will be.”