Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is hoping for some early summer deals, as the Norwegian intends to return Manchester United to the peak of classic football.
Solskjaer has seen the red devils safely to the top four fight, and are currently vying for a Champions League trophy with a fixture against Barcelona in the Quarter-finals of the competition.
The Norwegian’s prowess has earned him a three-year deal at Old Trafford, and he has now assured the club faithfuls of a busy summer transfer window.
“When I got the job we were 11 points behind fourth. Now we have a great chance to get top four or even top three. That’s the short term target in the league,” Solskjaer told reporters in his first press conference as permanent manager.
“We have been discussing how to move forward. That doesn’t mean X amount of money or X amount of players, but now it’s easier to be clear about what we need to do. We will do some business this summer.
“There’s been so many players that have been written about, so many agents in touch with our administration that want to come here. I’m sure when we decide what we have to do, hopefully we’ll get them by pre-season.” He added.
“Everything is step by step. A huge club with loads of tradition, it’s about taking it step by step getting the right people in the right positions, but we can’t complain. It’s a fantastically ran club.
“The lure of the Champions League is important for some players but to play for Man Utd you know you will be here playing Champions League over your contract. We are in a great position to get in but that’s not decided until May 12. Probably we need to get going before then with talks with players to come in and who’s going to stay.”
Asked on whether his appointment as permanent manager would be enough to convince several star players from leaving the club, Solskjaer said: “You’d have to ask them, but to know who the manager is next season is helpful for any player. We have a couple of players we are in talks with and hopefully we can get their futures sorted.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer however warned that Manchester United will be no ground from complacent players and urged them to work hard.
He said: “Players that are complacent don’t last at this club, we have to work harder, we have some targets,”
“I want a United team that’s one of the hardest working and fittest teams in the league, I think the players know my expectations.
“The players want to come in and do the work and play football we had some great chats today but most of it was about Watford, we are thinking about that, now they know I’m staying for a bit longer than expected.”