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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer provides update on Manchester United's transfer plans

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Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has warned it might not be "business as usual" in the transfer market.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he is pitching realistic and sensible transfer targets to Ed Woodward as the Manchester United boss looks to build a title-challenging side – one he hopes Paul Pogba will commit his long-term future to.

FA Cup, Europa League and Champions League qualification remain within United's grasp, but their intention to build towards a Premier League title tilt could be hampered by the impact of Covid-19.

Executive vice-chairman Woodward has warned it might not be "business as usual" in the transfer market and said "speculation around transfers of individual players for hundreds of millions of pounds this summer seems to ignore the realities that face the sport".

United continue to be linked with countless signings, but the surprisingly low fee that saw Leroy Sane switch Manchester City for Bayern Munich last week suggested a move away from the inflated transfer values seen in recent years.

Manchester United have been strongly linked to Borussia Dortmund's Jadon Sancho (Mike Egerton/PA)

"There's got to be realism," Solskjaer said. "I think the whole world has changed, both financially and the perception that we've got on values.

"So every time I put the case in front of Ed, I think it's a sensible one and it's a realistic one.

"I think I've proven to the club that I've always got the club in the front of my mind and the best for the club. I don't think short term or personally this would fit me for a short space of time.

"I'll always think long term and try to be making good deals. I'm always quite careful with money, my own personal money as well."

"Every time any player plays against Man United it's a challenge, first of all because Man United is a bigger team but also the whole world is watching.

"It's not just playing in front of Man United supporters or manager or team, it's for himself. You want to prove to your family and yourself that you're a good player, so I can't answer any different than that."

The PA news agency understands United have looked at the impressive attacking midfielder as a potential signing but their priorities may well lie elsewhere given the way their attacking unit has flourished.

Solskjaer was coy on United's priorities at a press conference in which a potential contract extension for Pogba was broached following fellow midfielders Scott McTominay and Nemanja Matic signing new deals.

The 27-year-old expressed his openness to an exit last summer, but the market has changed due to the coronavirus pandemic and the midfielder appears to be enjoying his football towards the end of an injury-hit season.

Paul Pogba finally appears to be over his injury issues (Peter Powell/NMC Pool)

Pogba's contract expires next summer – although it is unthinkable that the club will not invoke their one-year extension clause – and Solskjaer would like him to sign extended terms.

Asked if plans are in place to try and get Pogba to sign a new deal, Solskjaer said: "Well, I can't comment on discussions between players and the club.

"But of course we want to keep the best players around the club. We want to build a squad for the future.

"Scott and Nemanja, they're in a similar position but at different stages in their careers. One at the start, one really experienced. We also need players in that mid-range group, so hopefully we can do something.

"I know that since Paul's come back now he's looking better and better. He's just enjoying his football and let's see where it takes us."

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2Manchester CityMan City392739106357184
3Manchester UnitedMan Utd381812866363066
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5Leicester CityLeicester381881267412662
6Tottenham HotspurSpurs3816111161471459
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves381514951401159
8Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd391512124239357
9Arsenal381414105648856
10Burnley38159144350-754
11Southampton38157165160-952
12Everton381310154456-1249
13Newcastle UnitedNewcastle381111163858-2044
14Crystal Palace381110173150-1943
15Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton38914153954-1541
16West Ham UnitedWest Ham38109194962-1339
17Aston Villa3898214167-2635
RBournemouth3897224065-2534
RWatford39810213668-3234
RNorwich CityNorwich3856272675-4921
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