Roy Keane says Man Utd will back Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the transfer market this summer after he led the club back to the Champions League.
United beat Leicester 2-0 on the final day of the 2019/20 campaign to secure third place and earn a spot at Europe’s top table next season.
While United still have Europa League silverware to contest for, Solskjaer’s attentions will no doubt already be turning to next season and potential new signings.
Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho and Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish have been linked with moves to Old Trafford, and Keane believes Champions League football could prove to be a deciding factor for any prospective targets.
“You’d like to think United is a big draw for players,” Keane told Sky Sports. “But, if United hadn’t have gotten Champions League, it would’ve been very difficult.
“All of the top players need to be in the Champions League, that gives Ole better options when he goes to speak to these players.
“He needs to get backing. I’m pretty sure he’ll get that backing.”
Solskjaer discussed the club’s transfer plans immidiately after the final whistle at the King Power stadium on Sunday, revealing he has already identified his targets to the United board.
Asked whether their top four status would impact their spending, Solskjaer said: “Well that’s another part of Champions League – financial gain, but that’s not in my head.
“The club know what I feel we need and we’re going to try to pursue it and let’s see where we end up.”
Former United defender Gary Neville says the club need to build on their recent progress by backing Solskjaer in the same way they did Jose Mourinho, by investing £170million in their playing squad.
Keane also believes United need to strengthen and pinpointed some key areas he feels require particular attention.
“I think they need another centre-half, certainly one or two defenders,” Keane said. “Gary made a point that when you’re at a big club like United you want options all over the park.
“I think they’ll probably need another striker.
“We talk about recruitment, to me it’s about getting obviously quality players but the right characters.
“That’s the key now for Ole, his track record over the last 12 months has been a lot better. If they can continue that over the next year or two then they’ll certainly close the gap on City and Liverpool.”
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