Manchester United assistant manager Mike Phelan has revealed that Manchester United are not going to sign young players during the upcoming transfer window and would like to get some big names in the ranks instead.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team is young, and while many pundits and fans have argued that it might be a great thing for the future, there is no denying that signing some top-quality players with great mentality would help.
Manchester United have been consistently spending on acquiring big-name signings like Paul Pogba, Romelu Lukaku and Harry Maguire, however, the results have not been satisfying enough. Phelan knows that the squad needs experienced, top-quality players for the youngsters to learn from.
He’s hinted that Solskjaer will be trying to sign new “superstars” during the January transfer window. While talking to Evening Standard, Phelan said:
I think there has got to be a blend.
I think Manchester United still do want superstars, but I think they still want to see them coming through and progressing and being part of something special.
The fans are changing all the time. We’ve got senior fans, old age pensioners, young fans, but it’s become far more global than it’s ever been.
I think all those people understand what Manchester United is all about otherwise they wouldn’t support them.
They don’t just support them for the superstars, they support them because they can embrace the whole tradition of the football club.
I think the present crop of youngsters – and there are more than what they are seeing right now – I think the academy are doing is some really good work. They are progressing some young players.
What they’ve got in a manager in Ole is someone that will give them every opportunity to play, which is great.
Youth is refreshing and it keeps old people like me young. I think it is really important that they give you energy, they give you a smile, they really give you a work ethic and it is a work ethic you can embrace and make even better.
Phelan said that the club feels very comfortable with Solskjaer’s project of recruiting youngsters and claimed that over time, the younger players will develop into a top bunch of stars.