Solskjaer prepared to take the gamble with youngsters

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said that he is prepared to take the gamble with the uprising stars at the club after deciding against making a major overhaul during the summer transfer window. The Red Devils were expected to spend heavily to reinforce the squad after last season’s sixth-place finish but that was however not the case with just three new additions to the squad.

Moreover, two of those in Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire have been focused on bolstering the defence and this has drawn criticism from the fans and pundits over the lack of spending further up the field. Speaking to Sky Sports, Solskjaer said that he has taken the gamble with the young graduates at the club after witnessing their positive performances during the course of pre-season.

He said: “You can call it a gamble. I am just staying true to what I believe in. They have impressed over the last six weeks and in the months before the summer. That is why they went on tour and that is why we have given them so many minutes. It is not fair on them to be regulars in this team. Of course, we have got experienced players, but they will come in and give us something extra and anyway, I believe in this way of managing a football club.”

United were heavily touted to pursue a new midfielder to replace the departed Ander Herrera but that did not happen through the transfer window. Elsewhere, Romelu Lukaku made the move to Inter Milan on deadline day but no replacement was pursued with Solskjaer content with the forward options available for next season.

Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford are expected to be the main goalscoring threats next term. Still, much of the recent focus has been on the performances of 17-year-old Mason Greenwood, who has been touted to become the next big thing from the United academy.