Ole Gunnar Solskjaer praised Manchester United’s transfer activity stating that the Red Devils were in a “good position” ahead of the 2021-22 campaign.
Jadon Sancho joined on Friday from Borussia Dortmund and with a deal agreed in principle for Raphael Varane from Real Madrid, Solskjaer hailed the work done to strengthen his squad this month.
The United manager, who signed a new contract until 2024 on Saturday, spoke after his side’s 2-2 draw with Brentford in a preseason friendly at Old Trafford on Wednesday.
“First of all the club shows ambition with one of the most exciting young players in world football, then one of the most respected central defenders,” Solskjaer said after the match.
“We have different ways of playing with Raphael. I can’t wait to get it in, we hope to fix the problem as soon as possible.
“Obviously, [we are] very happy that we managed to get an agreement with Real Madrid. [The] doctor should hope to be OK. He is a proven winner, a player we have been following for many years ”.
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Varane racked up three LaLiga titles and four Champions League triumphs over a 10-year spell in Madrid, though with a year left on his contract he felt it was time to move on.
The French international also won the World Cup in 2018 before playing all four games at Euro 2020, where he was the only France defender not to be dribbled.
Varane’s signing is, as Solskjaer says, likely to pass soon and the former United striker is delighted to have closed business at the start of this transfer window.
“We first climbed towards the end of the window and now I have to say we are in a good position,” he added before providing an update on Marcus Rashford’s potential surgery and the return of his international stars.
“With Marcus, we will probably make a decision in the next few days when we check him out again. We need to consider what is best for him and the club.
“I don’t have a Scooby Doo like them [the returning internationals] I’m fitness-wise. Everyone is expected to train on Monday, which means three weeks into the last game. We will see how they are, at what level of physical fitness they are ”.
The Red Devils left friendlies against Preston North End and Everton before kicking off their Premier League campaign against Leeds United on 14 August.