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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: Manchester United ready to exploit transfer market post-coronavirus

Pandemic has caused financial strain to many clubs, but as one of the wealthiest sports institutions in the world, United can take advantage

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said the club are ready to take advantage of any changes to the transfer market that may emerge as a consequence of the coronavirus shutdown.

Most professional football, including Europe's big five leagues, has been halted since last month due to the Covid-19 outbreak, leading to financial strain for many clubs who rely on broadcast revenue to break even.

It has led to the possibility that many clubs could sell top players at the end of the season - whenever that may be - to help balance the books. As one of the wealthiest clubs in the world, United would be in a position to capitalise on such circumstances, and Solskjaer admits the English giants could use it to their advantage.

"Who knows how the market is going to react to this? Who knows which clubs need to sell players? There might be just a situation there where you can exploit, and I know that we at Man United we are one of the biggest, and the biggest, financially well-off," Solskjaer told Sky Sports.

"I'm sure we are capable, when we get back to normality, that we can do the business that we want to."

Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho, Birmingham City teenager Jude Bellingham and Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish are among the names linked with moves to United, and Solskjaer has said he is working to fine-tune targets as they look to become title challengers once more.

"Football is going to get back to normality at one point, and it's very important we're ready when that happens," the United manager said.

"We want to be the best at everything, and of course now is a chance to spend more time, you discuss players, discuss plans.

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is working with the club to identify transfer targets. Reuters
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is working with the club to identify transfer targets. Reuters

"We've evaluated what we need, of course with the coaching staff we've looked at games, evaluated games, discussing on video calls like this."

Solskjaer's side last played 27 days ago, when United claimed a 5-0 win at LASK in a Europa League last-16 first leg played behind closed doors due to Austria's coronavirus measures.

There is no imminent sign of a return to normality never mind football, meaning the likes of Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba will have surely recovered from their injury lay-offs by the time play resumes.

"Paul and Marcus have been out, now we've still got games left, and I think everyone in the league will start more or less on the same level," Solskjaer said.

"Maybe they've got more motivation to keep going now, as they can see when they're back they may be on the same level or even a better level physically.

"In a way, they have got an opportunity here to play a bigger part in this season than they had hoped. And they are big players for us, some of the most important players."

Updated: April 8, 2020 05:28 PM

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