Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed there’ll be no outgoings as the transfer window draws to a close on Thursday. The interim Old Trafford manager believes his squad will not lose any personnel before the transfer window closes on Thursday.
A number of players have been linked with moves away from Old Trafford with full-back Matteo Darmian and captain Antonio Valencia linked with moves to Italy. There has also been speculation Brazilian midfielder Andreas Pereira, who has been loaned to Spanish clubs Granada and Valencia in recent seasons, could make another temporary move. “At the moment I can see everyone staying at the club,” caretaker coach Solskjaer said at his press conference ahead of Tuesday’s Premier League visit of Burnley when asked about reported Juventus target Darmian’s situation.
“No deals have been done with anyone but there are still a few more days. “I’m not too involved in the negotiations so whatever happens happens, but it’ll be good to get the window closed and keep improving the players in the squad still here.” Pereira, 23, something of a fans’ favourite with the United support, enjoyed a handful of early-season performances under previous manager Jose Mourinho, who was sacked in December. His opportunities dwindled, however, and he has had few chances to impress Solskjaer yet.
But the Norwegian ruled out another loan and says his chance will come. “I can’t see him going out on loan because Andreas has done fantastic in training ever since I come back,” he said. “He’s a player I can see playing quite a few games for us towards the end of the season.” The former Cardiff manager also said he is planning for next season, regardless of whether or not he is at Old Trafford then. Solskjaer has a deal until the end of the season and is in the frame to get the job permanently. Despite starting his reign with eight straight wins, the 45-year-old is still in the dark about his future as United consider options including Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino and Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri.
“What Manchester United are going to look like next season, with or without me, it doesn’t matter,” Solskjaer told a news conference on Monday. “I’m here to prepare for next season.” Solskjaer can stretch his winning run to nine when Burnley visit on Tuesday, but Sean Dyche’s side have won three of their last four league games to move away from the bottom three. “We know we’re up against a team that is going to come here and fight for three points, as every single team in the Premier League will,” Solskjaer said. “They’ll cause you different problems, the physicality, the front two — we’ve got to be ready for them, but we’ve turned the corner ourselves.
“We looked really good against Arsenal [in a 3-1 FA Cup win at the Emirates] defensively. We defended the box really well, and that’s going to be important against Burnley.”