Solskjaer and Murtough agree Man Utd plan for ‘mega-signing’

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has reportedly agreed a plan to secure the signing of Jadon Sancho after a sit-down with football director John Murtough.

Solskjaer will look to add to his squad this summer on the back of their Europa League disappointment.

United have been linked with moves for strikers and centre-backs, but a right winger is thought to be their priority, as it was last summer.

They previously failed in their attempts to lure Sancho from Borussia Dortmund, but the England international remains the top target in that position.

That’s according to the Mail on Sunday, who claim he will be their ‘mega-signing’ this summer.

United only have the capacity to make one such acquisition due to the financial effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

The winger’s Dortmund team-mate Erling Haaland has also been linked, but the Norwegian striker has hinted he will remain with the Bundesliga side for another season.

His £65million release clause will be activated next summer, meaning he will be available for less than market value.

United therefore plan to wait 12 months and beat the rush for the 20-year-old’s signature.

Edinson Cavani’s 12-month extension has made a new striker less of a priority at United, but the right side of attack remains a problem.

The Mail on Sunday adds that Solskjaer and Murtough met on Thursday after the Europa League final defeat to draw up plans for the transfer window.

Solskjaer has reportedly told his superiors of his confidence in a strike force of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, Mason Greenwood, Cavani and Sancho making his side competitive.

The United boss urged his players to “learn from failure” after their loss to Villarreal in Gdansk.

Asked about the hurt of such a challenging campaign ending like this, Solskjaer said: “You’ve got to be strong.

“You’ve got to learn from failure, learn from these disappointments because it’s a lesson.

“It’s a lesson that we’re still not where we want to be, still not at the quality we want to be.

“We go away now – some in the Euros, some have holidays.

“The one thing that’s definite is that everyone has to come back with a desire to improve.

“I’m sure that they’ll have this feeling for a couple of days and then come back stronger.”

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