Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said that they will “smart and clever” summer transfer window.

United were on Sunday dumped out of Europa League following their 2-1 defeat to Sevilla in the semi-finals. They also exited at the same stage in the Carabao Cup and FA Cup but secured Champions League after they finished third in the Premier League.

Solskjaer is now looking for the Glazers and Ed Woodward to back him as he embarks on strengthening his inconsistent squad.

“It’s going to be a strange summer,” Solskjaer said. “We’ve only got a couple of weeks away from each other before we get going again. That’s going to be a mental challenge.

“Of course, we’re going to keep pushing and keep demanding more of the players we have but still we’re looking to improve. It’s a strange one.

“The League starts very quickly but the market is open for so long. We’ve got to be smart and clever.”

The Red Devils will need key signings to try and bridge the gap to champions League and rivals Manchester City, who have already been busy in the transfer market.

Jadon Sancho remains Solskjaer’s priority target, though Dortmund’s £108million asking price remains a sticking point – and the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic has hit United’s transfer budget.

The window remains open until October 5, but time is of the essence given that the new season starts on August 12.

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