Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer jokes he has stopped buying petrol cars to keep up with Abu Dhabi-backed Manchester City in transfer market as the Norwegian insists the Red Devils are ‘a well-run club’
- The remark was in response to Jurgen Klopp’s remark about ‘unlimited’ budgets
- Jadon Sancho became Manchester United’s most expensive British player
- Rivals Manchester City smashed the British transfer record to buy Jack Grealish
- Pep Guardiola will also be hoping to have Harry Kane among his ranks soon
- Chelsea spent £98million to bring Romelu Lukaku back to Stamford Bridge
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has jokingly revealed his part in trying to stop rivals Manchester City getting stronger in the transfer market – no longer purchasing vehicles run by petrol.
Asked about Jurgen Klopp’s comments that some clubs seem to have ‘unlimited’ buying power, Solskjaer put United’s ability to sign the likes of £73million winger Jadon Sancho down to their commercial size – but was cryptic about his rivals like City, who are backed by oil money from Abu Dhabi.
‘We are a well-run club. We do have a lot of fans out there and good sponsorship deals,’ he said. ‘As a manager, you want more, and I have got “No” a few times.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has joked that he is buying electric cars to have costs at Old Trafford
His quip was in response to Jurgen Klopp saying that some clubs had ‘unlimited’ budgets
Jadon Sancho became Manchester United’s record British signing as he joined for £73million
‘How we run the club and how other clubs run, there are different business models. I have started buying electric cars! That is all I want to say about that situation.’
City have already broken the British transfer record this summer by splashing out £100million on Jack Grealish and could still add Harry Kane at an even higher price.
Meanwhile, Chelsea – bankrolled by billionaire Roman Abramovich, who made his fortune through Russian oil company Sibneft – have spent £98million on former United striker Romelu Lukaku.
Mega-rich Manchester City spent a British record £100m on Jack Grealish this summer
Pep Guardiola’s squad could yet be bolstered by the arrival of Harry Kane from Tottenham
Romelu Lukaku could make his second debut for Chelsea after a £98m move from Inter Milan
Solskjaer meanwhile is looking to convince midfielder Paul Pogba to remain with the Red Devils.
The 28-year-old produced four assists in the 5-1 win over Leeds last weekend – but he is into the last year of his contract.
Paris Saint-Germain have been consistently linked with the Frenchman, who could be made the club’s highest-ever player in order to tempt him to stay.