Manchester United’s caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has hinted that the club have plans of bolstering the first-team squad when the transfer window reopens next month. The Red Devils are currently struggling to stay alive in the top-four race with an 11-point gap already and Solskjaer has a huge task ahead, if the club are to return to the Champions League next term.

Speaking to reporters, Solskjaer said that he may have an input on the incoming signings, although much of his focus would be on understanding and improving the players within the existing squad, he quipped: “I will have an input but the job is to get to know the players, observe them I’ve seen more or less every game from Norway but to get to know the players, what do I think I can improve them on and the club have got the recruitment and scouting, they’ve got their targets but I’ve not sat down and talked about that.”

United had experienced their best-ever finish to the Premier League season since the Sir Alex Ferguson era last term where they secured the second position with 81 points on the board. With this in mind, there had been the expectation that United and Jose Mourinho would go on to become strong contenders for the title in the campaign to follow.

However, things have gone pear-shaped thereafter and the club are currently hanging on to the sixth position with the title race pretty much over for the season. United are presently a staggering 19 points behind table-toppers Liverpool after just 17 games into the campaign and the focus should lie on competing for the Champions League spots, although they would require a huge transformation with a 11-point margin splitting them from fourth-placed Chelsea. United have the opportunity to return to winning ways when they face struggling Cardiff City on the road this weekend.