OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER will not go for the short-term fix just to save his neck as Manchester United boss.
But Solskjaer said: “I am going to do what is best for the club, what I think is right for the club. I will never put myself before the club.
“This is Manchester United and there is no ‘I’ in Manchester and for me there is no ‘I’ in this team. I could never ever do that, that’s not me.
“I am working for Manchester United, not for me.”
Some fans fear Solskjaer is not tough enough in his dealings with executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward and the owning Glazer family when it comes to spending. But the Norwegian refutes that.
He said: “Of course I am. Ask him if I am. Of course we have open discussions and we’re honest when we talk.
“I would never say I need this, or this player out of the club to you, would I?
“We are building towards something and I’m almost getting bored talking about this.
“The fans will definitely be bored listening to me talk about what we do have as a vision. But it doesn’t change from August to now. It’s impossible for that to change.”
Solskjaer had a net spend of £80million in the summer, signing Daniel James, Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
But he failed to fill the gap left by the sale of £73m Romelu Lukaku to Inter Milan with another top-class goalscorer.
Solskjaer has insisted the long-term plan is to build a young hungry team and it will take time.
Which is why he will only bring in players who are absolutely right for his philosophy.
He added: “It wouldn’t always be the worst thing to put in a short-term fix if it’s good for the group here and now.
“But you wouldn’t put yourself in a situation where you’ve done something you regret in 18 months.
“We’ve got to do due diligence — character of players, quality of players that are the right fit.
“I’m in a process of building a squad with the right culture and I’m still not finished with that.”
While Solskjaer is confident about the future, it is the present that is worrying fans. In their last three games United have lost 2-0 at Arsenal, had a goalless draw in the FA Cup with Wolves, without recording a shot on target, and were then stuffed 3-1 by Manchester City in the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg.
Saturday’s visit of rock-bottom Norwich City should give the team a chance to steady the ship.
However, they have struggled against sides near the wrong end of the table — most recently losing 2-0 away at Watford.
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Solskjaer wants to see nobody feeling sorry for themselves ahead of the game but instead rise to another challenge.
He said: “Every game is an opportunity. If Manchester City were here in the league next you’d say it was a perfect opportunity.
“If players are feeling sorry for themselves, they’re not in the right place. You play for Manchester United in front of the best fans in the world. What is there not to like in that situation?”
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