Manchester United owners the Glazers have vowed to spend to strengthen Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first-team squad. Express Sport looks at some of the players the Red Devils could sign this summer.
United supporters have made their discontent towards the Glazer family’s 16-year ownership of the Red Devils clear in recent weeks with a series of protests.
A large number broke into Old Trafford last weekend and forced the postponement of United’s Premier League clash with bitter rivals Liverpool while thousands more made their voices heard outside of the stadium and of the Lowry Hotel, where the players were situated.
A statement on Friday from the executive co-chairman vowed that the Glazers are eager to transform their relationship with the fans and want to “strengthen the club for the long-term”.
“We have supported sustained investment in the team over many years, and that will continue this summer,” Joel Glazer said.
“We recognize that we will need to significantly increase investment in Old Trafford and our training complex to ensure that the club’s facilities remain among the best in Europe.
“Our top priority is, and will always be, competing for the most important trophies, playing entertaining football with a team comprised of top-quality recruits and some of the world’s best homegrown talent.
“Under Ole, we feel we are absolutely on the right track.”
United are into the Europa League final, where they will face Villarreal in Gdansk, Poland on May 26, and are also on course to finish second in the Premier League as their upward curve continues under Solskjaer.
Express Sport looks at four transfer moves the United owners could look to bankroll this summer in order to try and curry some favor with the fanbase.
The most in-demand player in Europe, Haaland will not come cheap. Edinson Cavani has done a fine job leading the line for United this term but Haaland would be a phenomenal long-term successor to the Uruguayan veteran.
Haaland’s productivity, with 53 goals and 14 assists in 56 Borussia Dortmund appearances, suggest that his club-record fee would eventually be repaid however.
And he will surely be the top target over Tottenham’s Harry Kane given the difficulty of negotiating with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy, and the fact the England captain is older and more injury prone.
If United want to win the biggest of honours again, having gone over a decade without a Champions League triumph and almost as long without a league title, signing a centre-forward as fearsome as Haaland would be a massive help.