Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has hit back at questions over Manchester United’s transfer spending this summer from his Liverpool counterpart Jurgen Klopp.
United have spent around £116million on signing Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane in this window and Klopp was confused at how they’d managed to raise so much cash after 18 months without supporters.
That’s in stark contrast to Liverpool who have splashed out just £35million on centre back Ibrahima Konate and before the season kicked off last week Klopp questioned how United have managed to be so aggressive in the market.
“We all know the situation of Chelsea and City and PSG,” said Klopp.
“What United are doing, I don’t know how they did it. We have our own way to do it. We are allowed to spend the money we earn, that we always did.”
But Solskjaer insists United have taken the same approach to spending and have managed to splash out what they have due to their acumen on the commercial side and the size of their fanbase. The United boss also said he’d been refused requests to spend more at times as evidence he wasn’t working with a bottomless put of money.
“We are a well-run club. We do have a lot of fans out there and we do have good sponsorship deals,” said Solskjaer.
“How we get the money, as a manager you want more and more. I have heard ‘no’ a few times.
“How other clubs run their clubs, there are different models at different clubs. I have started buying electric cars!
“That is all I want to say about that situation.”
Sancho could make his first start for United at Southampton today, but Varane didn’t feature in Tuesday’s friendly against Burnley so might have to wait for his own debut.
The deal to bring the 28-year-old to Old Trafford was the latest example of Solskjaer bringing in players with trophy-winning experience. Varane has won the World Cup with France, the Champions League four times and La Liga three times.
Donny van de Beek, Alex Telles and Edinson Cavani all arrived last summer and bought with them a winning pedigree, but Solskjaer insists that wasn’t the first thought when it came to recruitment over the previous 12 months.
“You look at quality, you look at personality and if quality and personality also has the experience of winning and they bring that feeling to the club that is brilliant,” he said.
“Bruno has not won a lot with Sporting but he has an immense winning mentality.
“Raphael has won almost everything and he brings that as well as his attitude and qualities.
“Harry might not have won a lot when we signed him but he has the character and traits of a Man Utd player.
“How can you handle playing at Man Utd? With Raphael, there is absolutely no worries he will not be able to perform at Man Utd because of his quality and personality.”