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Manchester United assistant manager Mike Phelan has revealed the club is going to balance the “superstar” signings and youth player development for improving the squad.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has changed the club’s transfer strategy after being appointed as the Red Devils boss. He decided to add more British young talents to the squad, including Daniel James, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire.
Phelan assures they are going to sign more players during the next transfer windows and won’t rely only on youth.
He told the Evening Standard: “I think there has got to be a blend. I think Manchester United still do want superstars, but I think they still want to see them coming through and progressing and being part of something special. The fans are changing all the time. We’ve got senior fans, old age pensioners, young fans, but it’s become far more global than it’s ever been and I think all those people understand what Manchester United is all about otherwise they wouldn’t support them. They don’t just support them for the superstars, they support them because they can embrace the whole tradition of the football club.”
Though United had a start, having won just four games of the Premier League season, Phelan believes Solskjaer is the right man for the club’s development.
“I think it is a little bit different to the time before. But I think all the ingredients are there. They are there and we can add to them with the right backing and the right push forward. I want to do it all again because it was a great ride the first time around. So the potential is there with the right approach now and the right attitude – I think Manchester United has a bright future again,” he added.