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top target Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hints at transfer splurge as Jadon Sancho rumours start again

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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted he needs to strengthen this summer to challenge Manchester City (Peter Powell/PA)

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted he needs to strengthen this summer to challenge Manchester City (Peter Powell/PA)

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted he needs to strengthen this summer to challenge Manchester City (Peter Powell/PA)

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed he is ready to splash the cash in the transfer market as he aims to close the gap on newly crowned Premier League champions Manchester City.

A 2-1 home defeat against Leicester ensured United's already forlorn hope of denying City title glory came to an end, with the victory give the Foxes a huge boost in their push to seal a top four finish.

While Solskjaer was quick to congratulate City on their triumph, he is already turning his thoughts to closing the gap on the new champions next season.

"If you want to take up the challenge with them, of course, we need to strengthen our squad," said Solskjaer. "Congratulations to them. They've had a fantastic season.

"That is where we want to be. We are not there yet; they have put the bar where it is and it's up to us now to take the next step. That's a long process, what know what we want to do.

"I'm very pleased with my boys because they've made it into the last 10 days of the season with a Man City team ahead of us that are lauded as the best in Europe."

Reports in Germany suggest United will make another push to sign Borussia Dortmund attacking star Jadon Sancho this summer and while Solskjaer would naturally not be drawn on the names of his transfer targets, he confirmed the plan is already being formulated.

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Borussia Dortmund's Jadon Sancho (John Walton/PA)

Borussia Dortmund's Jadon Sancho (John Walton/PA)

Borussia Dortmund's Jadon Sancho (John Walton/PA)

"That's a long process and we know what we want to do," he confirmed.

"We've got to be big enough to hold our hands up, I don't mind doing that, but we know we want to get there and that is the next step we have to make. Hopefully we can come together as a team and club and push next season.

"We've done well but we want to take the next step and it might be that we need a couple more to have a stronger squad."

Solskjaer was pleased with the performance of his much-changed side despite the defeat, with 19-year-old Anthony Elanga coming in for his debut on a night when 18-year-old Amad Diallo made his first United start.

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"It took some time to get going but after they scored it looked like we dropped our shoulders, the nerves went and we started playing," the United manager said.

"We scored a fantastic goal and I'm very pleased with the performance. Amad, very good. Elanga will remember this, so very pleased with them."

Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers was thrilled with his side's display at Old Trafford, especially after Friday's shock 4-2 home loss to struggling Newcastle.

The victory propelled the Foxes back up to third and eight points above fifth-placed West Ham, putting them back on course for Champions League qualification as they now look ahead to Saturday's shot at their first ever FA Cup win against Chelsea.

"It's huge. We get to 66 points now – two of the teams, third and fourth last season, qualified for the Champions League on 66," said the Leicester boss.

"We've taken a big step, however, there's still two games to go, teams are still chasing us. There's still work to do but a huge step.

"It's amazing. We said when we reached the final there was still so much work to do for us in the league and we've done some great work to get to this stage.

"Now we can get back in tomorrow on the back of a fantastic result and get ready to take on the Champions League finalists. It's a chance for history at the weekend."

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