Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says
personality is key for him when signing a new player.
Solskjaer has made a particular point about signing players
with the right character since taking over at the club in December 2018.
Harry Maguire was made captain soon after joining from
Leicester, while Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Daniel James, Bruno Fernandes and Odion
Ighalo have all had an impact in the dressing room, as well as on the pitch.
Moves for the likes of Jack Grealish and James Maddison are
also being carefully considered as Solskjaer seeks to maintain that balance
between "ego and edge" and adaptability.
"I'd rather have a hole in the squad than an asshole," Solskjaer told United We Stand.
"Personality is so important. We're a team in a team
environment. You want players to have a bit of ego and edge, but they have to
be able to adapt.
"In March 2019, players were physically tired, mentally
tired and we had injuries. The players started with negative thinking, whereas
now it’s positive thinking.
"There were other things I didn’t like last year, some
personal agendas which couldn't be sorted out until the summer.
"There will always be players who want to play more in
football, but if a team is to be successful then players have to be available
at different times.
"I feel in this group we don’t have one bad apple.
"When you win, everything is easy. It's when you hit
difficult times that you can see who you want and who has the right mentality.
"We didn’t see that until after Paris when we went into
a bad run. That's when I saw who I could build a long-term, successful squad
around. You need some egos in football, but it has to be team first.
"I could see more and more at the end of the season
what needed improving."
- TEAMtalk media