Crystal Palace vs Manchester United: Solskjaer seeking early season revenge
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 28: Bruno Fernandes of Manchester United reacts with Manchester United Head Coach / Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at the end of the Premier League match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on February 28, 2021 in London, United Kingdom. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Ash Donelon/Manchester United via Getty Images)

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer faced the media ahead of his team’s trip to Crystal Palace on Wednesday. 

United will be looking to extend their tremendous away record, having gone 20 games unbeaten away from home in the league, knowing that they will break Chelsea’s record by avoiding defeat. 

However, wins have not come quite as naturally as hope at United recently, with just two in their last five games, something Solskjaer addressed publicly.  

On United’s misfiring frontline 

Solskjaer addressed the issue surrounding his forwards, particularly in the league, with only Marcus Rashford being involved in more than 10 goals this season. 

He said: "I always say with Mason [Greenwood], Anthony [Martial] and Edinson [Cavani], when we can really get them firing that means we’re a very good team. But we’re always looking at better players, of course we are.

With links to Borussia Dortmund duo, Erling Haaland and Jadon Sancho, coming thick and fast, time appears to be running out for players to prove themselves. 

On potential incomings 

Solskjaer’s United are a staple in the majority of major transfer rumours, and this year seems to be no different. Solskjaer gave a slight insight into United’s transfer plans this season. 

He said: "We have to be realistic and responsible in the way we do our business both on and off the pitch. There are improvements on the training ground, stadium - we have to look at the whole picture. Where can we spend the money? And how much is there?

He continued: "I think there’s just going to be less and less transfers happening in the world of football with all these changes [caused by the pandemic]." 

With a squad overhaul seemingly ruled out, it remains to be seen how extensive United’s recruitment will be this summer. 

On injuries 

Solskjaer gave updates on a few players’ health as United look to recover from a midfield ‘injury crisis’. With the surprise return of Scott McTominay against Chelsea, United now turn their attentions to their other casualties. 

When discussing the return of Paul Pogba, Solskjaer said: "I hope we will [see him before the internationals]. Definitely — he’s working really hard, and he knows when he gets back, we haven’t got two or three games to give him time to play himself into form, so he's working hard." 

He also covered the fitness of summer acquisition of Donny van de Beek, adding: "He’s [Van de Beek] not there yet, completely where we want him to be, or where he wants to be. He’s still a doubt for tomorrow." 

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