Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted Manchester United’s transfer plans are ‘up in the air’ amid uncertainty of whether they’ll qualify for the Champions League and when next season’s Premier League will begin.
United have been heavily linked with Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho and Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish but have yet to secure a spot in Europe’s premier competition for next season.
They are a point off fourth-placed Leicester in the Premier League, while they could still qualify via the Europa League in August.
How long the transfer window will be open for is also unclear.
With coronavirus halting domestic leagues across Europe, there will be a knock-on effect next season.
Several start dates, in August and September, have been suggested while the transfer window could run through to October.
And amid the uncertainty, Solskjaer admitted it is proving difficult for United to plan too far ahead.
‘Quite a lot of planning going on,’ the Manchester United manager said ahead of Monday’s Premier League clash with Southampton.
‘When do we start the league? That is obviously determined by how far we go in Europe, so you can’t really decide on the training programme.
‘There’s so many small decisions and of course sometimes transfers are out of our hands as well. If the team is going well, what do we need and what don’t we need?
‘That is the way we’re working and you’ve got to plan for different scenarios. Uncertainty of dates, how much holiday can we give them and what will next season look like… it’s a little bit up in the air.’
Solskjaer admitted that their immediate transfer plans may also be affected by a lack of Champions League football.
He added: ‘I don’t think it’s like dramatic decisions, the word you said there, I don’t think the club would panic or go crazy with plans that we’ve already talked about for years to come, you do have to have a long-term plan but short-term some decisions will be easier to make if you get the Champions League.’
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