Cape Town - Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is expected
to bolster his squad with two new signings when the English transfer window
reopens at the start of January.
The Norwegian spent the thick end of £150 million during the
off-season, bolstering key deficiencies in his misfiring squad.
Harry Maguire became the most expensive defender in the
world when the Red Devils agreed to pay £80 million to Leicester City to
acquire his services.
And a further £70 million was invested in youth with
right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka arriving from Crystal Palace and winger Daniel
James from Championship side Swansea.
The early signs have been promising as Maguire has looked a
rock in the backline, while Wan-Bissaka has also been strong on the right side
of the defence which has conceded just one goal - an unstoppable Ruben Neves
stunner on Monday night's 1-1 draw at Wolves - in their opening two games.
Wales international, James, has already opened his account
for United in the opening 4-0 win against Chelsea and looks like being a lively
addition to Solskjaer's attacking options.
However, it's understood Solskjaer was forced to wait on
recruiting another forward, with Juventus veteran Mario Mandzukic still an
A creative midfielder is also on the shopping list but the
delays in selling striker Romelu Lukaku to Inter Milan had the Manchester
giants concerned about adding to their already high annual wage bill - the
largest in the Premier League at more than £250 million.
United eventually received £75 million for Lukaku - removing
£275 000-per-week from the wage bill - and Solskjaer has already been told he
can have access to that if he needs it when the window reopens in January.
There are still question marks whether Paul Pogba and Alexis
Sanchez will be at the Theatre of Dreams before the European window closes on
September 2 - currently earning a combined £800 000-per-week between them.
The message coming out of United is clear, though, more cash
is quickly being made available for Solskjaer to have the type of squad quality
The news will be music to the ears of former United
right-back Gary Neville who earlier this week admitted United still have plenty
of work to do to challenge for the title, adding that they are "a long way
off where I think where Liverpool and [Manchester] City are".