Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed that new signing Harry Maguire was his number one transfer target this summer.
Maguire joined Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka in arriving at Old Trafford during the summer transfer window, which closed on Thursday evening, after completing his move from Leicester City on Monday.
Speaking in his pre-match press conference ahead of Sunday’s Premier League opener against Chelsea, Solskjaer revealed the moment he wanted to sign the Sheffield-born centre-back, after the Reds faced the Foxes in the Premier League back in February.
“I’m delighted that we got Harry in,” Ole told reporters. “He’s going to be great for this club. He was my number one target, and of course it took some time, but it does sometimes take time.
”I, more or less, made my mind up when we played Leicester last season that if it’s possible to get him we should try, because he’s so composed on the ball and he gives the team another dimension.”
“He’s already come in and shown the presence that he will be and what impact he’ll have in the squad,” said the boss.
“He’s a leader, an established international, a goal threat, a very, very good defender.”
He equally addressed the ‘negativity’ surrounding the club: saying, “We are feeling very confident and don’t feel that negativity you’re talking about. Of course we want to put that right and the only way we can put any doubts is by playing good football. That’s showing the team we want to be, the style of football we want to play.
“Our fans, when they see that intention, they’ve always been supporting the team. But, as I said earlier, within the team and the club, we are feeling very confident and we don’t feel that negativity you’re talking about”
He then discussed the transfer business: “It’s a feeling of relief now it’s done, and I’m delighted with the three that we’ve signed. [Frustration] is not the feeling in the club and not the feeling of the fans I’ve met.”
He crucially added: “There is money available when the right players are available.”