Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer set to be handed £75m budget to bolster his squad in January
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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will reportedly have a £75million budget to bolster his squad this January.

Solskjaer signed Harry Maguire, Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka for almost £150m this summer, with Romelu Lukaku sold to Inter Milan for £72m.

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Solskjaer is set to be handed £75m to spend in January

The Norwegian stressed the need to find a suitable replacement for Lukaku, but the club failed to secure a deal for a striker, with moves for Mario Mandzukic and Paulo Dybala failing to get over the line.

The Red Devils were also said to be keen on signing Sporting playmaker Bruno Fernandes but opted against a move as they deemed him guilty of giving away possession too easily.

Solskjaer remains interested in striking a deal with Newcastle over the transfer of Sean Longstaff but the Magpies are unlikely to sell midway through the season.

United fans were unhappy that the club’s net spend only amounted to around £75m following the sale of Lukaku but The Sun claim Solskjaer will be given that money to spend in the winter window.

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Meanwhile, former United striker Robin van Persie has backed Alexis Sanchez to regain his best form for Manchester United, insisting the forward is ‘still the same great player’.

The 30-year-old could be on his way to Inter Milan on loan before the European transfer window shuts, with both United and the Serie A club holding extensive talks over a deal.

“Sanchez doesn’t look happy to me,” Van Persie told BTSport.com. “I can’t properly judge it because I am not working with him but when I see him play I rarely see him smiling.

“Of course, I get it: when you are playing you need to be serious and you want to win. ‘But after you score a goal you can smile, because that is the point of football.

“We all play football because we like it and if you like something you should smile.

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Sanchez has endured a torrid time in Manchester

“I think in the first couple of months after his move he was happy and he was playing well.

“Mentally he needs to find that happiness again because if you are happy then you are fitter, you want to create and you want to have fun.

“I don’t know if it’s the pressure. Pressure is something you can’t see or touch but he has to manage that in his head.

“He is still the same great player.

“He has it all: he’s fast, he can assist, he can dribble, and he can score.

“There is just a lot of negativity around him from fans and people who have opinions on social media. “Maybe it’s all become a little too much for him.

“He just needs to block it out, find his true happiness and just enjoy football.”


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