Solskjaer: Manchester United MUST strengthen to challenge Man City

‘We NEED to strengthen our squad’: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists Manchester United must make ‘one or two’ new signings if they are to challenge Man City – after Leicester defeat hands their neighbours the Premier League title

  • Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has congratulated Manchester City on their title victory 
  • Their triumph was confirmed after Manchester United lost to Leicester City  
  • The Norwegian has warned he must be allowed to strengthen to challenge  

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer congratulated Manchester City on winning the Premier League title and admitted he needs new signings this summer to compete with Pep Guardiola next season.

Manchester United’s first league defeat in 15 games at home to Leicester City last night saw City crowned champions, and Solskjaer is already looking at how he can close the gap on his neighbours.

‘If you want to take up the challenge with them we need to strengthen our squad,’ said the United boss.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has congratulated Manchester City on their Premier League title victory

‘Congratulations to them. They’ve had a fantastic season but I’m very pleased with my boys that we have made it to the last 10 days with a City side ahead of us that are lauded as the best in Europe.

‘We want to take the next step and it might be that we need a couple more to strengthen the squad.’

Having tied Edinson Cavani to a new one-year contract, it’s understood that United are looking to bring goalkeeper Tom Heaton back to Old Trafford from Aston Villa on a free transfer – a move that would cast further doubt over David de Gea’s future at the club.

Solskjaer made 10 changes for United’s third game in six days ahead of Thursday’s clash with Liverpool who saw their top-four hopes dented by Leicester’s win last night.

Solskjaer was forced to make 10 changes from the weekend, and brought in Anthony Elanga

However the Norwegian once again defended his team selection after giving league debuts to Amad Diallo and Anthony Elanga.

‘It can’t be like this again,’ he added. ‘It’s impossible and that’s the reason we made the changes.

‘It’s unheard of. It is impossible for the players to perform at this level going Thursday, Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday.’

Ironically, United conceded the decisive goal at a corner immediately after sending on Cavani and Marcus Rashford for Diallo and Elanga in the 66th minute.

Solskjaer admitted that it was the wrong moment to make substitutions, but felt that referee Craig Pawson should have awarded a throw-in instead.

The Norwegian admitted that making his double substitution at a corner was a mistake

‘That’s one of those golden rules isn’t it? You don’t make subs,’ he said. ‘First of all, it should have been thrown-in not a corner. But we should have done better of course.’

Earlier, the United manager confirmed that captain Harry Maguire faces a race against time to be fit for the Europa League final against Villarreal on May 26 after suffering ankle ligament damage in Sunday’s win at Aston Villa.

Maguire was on crutches at Old Trafford last night and Solskjaer said: ‘He’s obviously had the scans and the good news is there is no fracture.

‘There’s ligament damage but hopefully we will see him again this season. Hopefully, he’ll be ready for the final.’

Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers was delighted to see his team clinch three vital points in their bid for a Champions League place before they face Chelsea in the FA Cup final this weekend.

‘It’s a huge step,’ said Rodgers. ‘We’ve got to 66 points now but there are still two games to go.

‘We’ve done some great work to get to this stage. It’s amazing. We can get ready to take on the Champions League finalists and chance for history at the weekend.’

Solskjaer confirmed that Harry Maguire had sustained ligament damage on his left ankle 

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