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No way Ole Ole Gunnar Solskjaer makes stark warning over Man United's spending power

United boss insists his side will not be spending big this summer

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is seeing the bigger picture (Clive Brunskill/PA)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is seeing the bigger picture (Clive Brunskill/PA)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is seeing the bigger picture (Clive Brunskill/PA)

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has insisted his club will not be spending big this summer, after admitting big-name target may be out of reach.

The Borussia Dortmund duo of Jadon Sancho and Erling Haaland have been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford in recent weeks, but Solskjaer has conceded signing players of that magnitude and value may not be realistic as the financial cost of the Covid-19 crisis takes its toll.

"The pandemic is definitely affecting everyone in football. Of course the lack of income, the finances has affected everyone," he stated.

"Where can we spend the money? And how much is there? It’s just the real world now. It has changed.

"There are going to be less and less transfers happening with all these changes.

"The lack of income, the finances has affected everyone. We have to be realistic and responsible in the way we do business on and off the pitch.

"Where can we spend money? And how much is there? It's just the real world now."

Manchester City and Chelsea could have a huge advantage over their rivals in the transfer market as their financial set-up relies on wealthy investors, with Solskjaer admitting he may be forced to turn to the academy set-up as he looks to add to his options at United.

"You can look at it different ways when you take about a rebuild," he added. "We also have players in the academy that we now can maybe give opportunities.

"We have to be realistic and responsible in the way we do our business both on and off the pitch. There are improvements on the training ground, stadium - we have to look at the whole picture."

When pressed on whether he would look to sign a striker with 34-year-old Edinson Cavani very much a short-term option at United he added: "We’re always looking to improve our squad, of course we are.

"I would never ever start to think the way you think about Edinson turning 35 next year because he’s just turned 34. You and I have different mentalities - that’s a completely different way of thinking.

"And I always say with Mason (Greenwood), Anthony (Martial) and Edinson, when we can really get them firing that means we’re a very good team. But we’re always looking at better players, of course we are."

Solskjaer's transfer options may be enhanced by the sale of star names, with big earners David De Gea, Paul Pogba and Cavani all facing uncertain futures at United.

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