Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s latest admission raises doubts of Man Utd transfer plans

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has admitted that Manchester United's transfer plans rely on the club qualifying for the Champions League.

The Red Devils have been in incredible run since the Premier League returned from the coronavirus lockdown – with Solskjaer masterminding a draw and four straight wins, all by a margin of three goals.

But despite their form, United are still battling the qualify to next season's Champions League.

They are currently fifth in the Premier League, although just a point behind Leicester – with the top four guaranteed to play in Europe's premium competition next year, although if Manchester City's UEFA ban is upheld then fifth will be enough.

United could also qualify if they win the Europa League.

Solskjaer has been linked with a number of potential players when the transfer window reopens, with Jadon Sancho, Kalidou Koulibaly and Ben Chilwell among the names rumoured.

But the Norwegian insists that who he ends up with depends on how far the club goes on the continent.

"There's quite a lot of planning going on," he said. 'When do we start the league that is obviously determined by how far we go in Europe, you can't really decide on the training programme.

"There are so many small decisions, and transfers are out of our hands as well. If the team is going well, what do we need? What don't we need?

"That's the way we're working and you've got to plan for different scenarios – uncertainty of dates, how much holiday, what will next season look like? It's a little bit up in the air.

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"I don't think it's like dramatic decisions. I don't think the club would panic or go crazy with plans that we've already talked about for years to come.

"You do have to have a long-term plan but short-term some decisions will be easier to make if you get in the Champions League."

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