Solskjaer 'cant ask for more' backing from Man Utd after Sancho and Varane deals

Martin Macdonald
Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane sign for Man Utd

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has praised Manchester United's business in the transfer window so far after the acquisition of Jadon Sancho, with Raphael Varane set to follow.

Sancho has been Man Utd's primary transfer target for well over a year now, and the club recently struck a deal to sign him from Borussia Dortmund for £73 million.

Solskjaer prioritised the recruitment of a new centre-back, too, and the club are set to sign one of the most decorated players around in Varane, who won four Champions League titles during his time with Real Madrid, as well as the World Cup with France.

This summer window so far represents perhaps the most productive in terms of quality since the days of Sir Alex Ferguson.

Solskjaer says he can't really ask for much more backing.

“I think as I've said before, every manager would be happy the sooner the earlier the deals are done and this year we've managed to get it sorted," the Norwegian told reporters.

“The two we've got in will make a huge difference for us, this season and long-term, Rapha is in his prime, he's the same age as Harry [Maguire], a year older than Eric [Bailly] and a couple years older than Victor [Lindelof].

“With Jadon, it's exciting, as a manager you can't ask for more backing when you've got these two in as early as we have. We've scrambled before towards end of the window and we're in a good position.”

Varane a proven winner

Though the Varane deal has not been completed yet, an agreement was announced this week, with Man Utd set to pay around £41m for the Frenchman - a fairly low fee due to the fact his contract expires this summer.

Solskjaer revealed that Ferguson even attempted to sign Varane as an 18 year old a decade ago.

“Of course, I’m very happy that we've managed to get a deal with Real Madrid," he said.

“He's a proven winner, a player we've followed for many, many years, Sir Alex was very close to signing him, this time around, we've got him at the other end of his career, he's proved what a good person he is, professional and he's won there.

"I'm very happy getting both our players in, the club shows ambition with one of the most exciting young forwards in world football and one of the most respected centre-backs in the world and one of the most winning CBs in the world

"We've got different ways of playing as well, I can see different ways of playing with Rapha, I can't wait to see him, hopefully we can get him in as soon as.”

Solskjaer was speaking after Man Utd's pre-season friendly against Brentford which ended 2-2.