Manchester United have spent more than £100million in the summer window, signing Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund and Raphael Varane from Real Madrid
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has often discussed the ‘Manchester United DNA’ since replacing Jose Mourinho in the Old Trafford dugout in 2018.
The Norwegian knows a fair bit about what gets the United fans off their seat, having played a key role in title winning sides under Sir Alex Ferguson.
After succeeding Mourinho and his predecessor Louis van Gaal, the Red Devils had become a team that was more accurately described as pragmatic rather than exciting.
But almost three years into his reign, Solskjaer is close to achieving his aim, as evidenced by their scintillating 5-1 win over Leeds United last weekend.
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His biggest priority for the summer window was to land an exciting attacking player and he did just that when he finally agreed a deal to sign Borussia Dortmund forward Jadon Sancho.
The England international was linked with a move to United for more than a year, with the club failing to strike an agreement in the 2020 summer window.
His arrival, along with the likes of Edinson Cavani, Mason Greenwood, Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford give United a side brimming with attacking talent.
And one of the club’s greatest ever attacking players, Ryan Giggs, previously suggested that both Sancho and his new teammate Rashford were in the running to be the best young player on the planet.
Giggs told Laureus last year: “I’ve seen him coming through the ranks, such a talented player.
“And you have Jadon Sancho at Dortmund, a young player who’s made the bold decision to leave Manchester City and go to another country at a young age. And he really has made a difference.
“His team-mate as well, Erling Haaland who’s scoring lots of goals.”
The United boss said: “He’s such a talented boy. As it’s been known all over the world, we’ve followed Jadon for a long, long time.
“He’s a player that we’ve targeted and we think his qualities will fit right in here at Man United.
“He’s such a creative, positive winger and forward player. He can play wide, nip into the pockets and he excites the fans.
“He takes people on one-against-one, he creates chances, he works hard and he loves football. And there is some untapped talent there I am sure, and coming into this environment will help him improve as well.”
Solskjaer added: “He’s got that DNA of exciting fans and entertaining and he’s also a winner. He wants to win and that’s the next step for us.
“We need to take the next step, we want to take the next step and we feel that he can help us do that.”