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Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirms debut plans for Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane


Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has updated supporters on when they are likely to see new marquee signings Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane in action for the Red Devils. 

The Old Trafford hierarchy have been proactive in their pursuit of their transfer targets this summer and moved quickly to secure Sancho and Varane.  

United’s two main priorities are in place before the start of the Premier League campaign. 

Sancho has signed for the Premier League runners-up in an initial £73million deal from Borussia Dortmund.  

United ended their long-term pursuit of the England winger last month, with Solskjaer praising the work of sporting director John Murtough and technical director Darren Fletcher.  

Varane is yet to be formally confirmed as a United player but his arrival is imminent. Solskjaer has confirmed that the defender will sign following the completion of a medical. 

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The Norwegian guided his side to second place last term but they fell well short of the champions.  

A 12-point gap separated the two Manchester teams.  

But Solskjaer is convinced that his squad is now capable of overtaking Pep Guardiola’s, despite City’s acquisition of Jack Grealish and the possible arrival of Harry Kane.  

The 47-year-old continued: “I’d rather be an optimist and be wrong than be a pessimist and be right. 

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Of course, these boys can, with a maximum effort, maximum season and maximum sacrifice.  

“Every day is a chance to get closer to our target, and that’s to come together as a team to give yourself a chance to win every game.  

“But every day is also a chance to step backwards, so it’s down to us as a coaching staff, but also the players, to keep improving.”

Solskjaer was keen to add a new winger to complete his four-pronged attack. 

The Norwegian also wanted a new centre-back partner for Harry Maguire after his other options had their weaknesses exposed last term.  

“Any [more signings] from now is a bonus,” Solskjaer insisted.   

“I have to say that with the two signings we’ve got, we’ve strengthened where we wanted to strengthen.  

“Let’s see what happens. You never know in football. Anything can happen with ins and outs.”

Sancho and Varane might instead make their full debuts when United travel to Southampton on August 22. 

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