​Manchester United are reported to be planning for as many as eight new arrivals over the next two summer windows, as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer presses on with a ‘three-year plan’ to return the club to former glories. 

Little has gone to plan for ​United since handing Solskjaer the reins on a permanent basis back in March, and after a disappointing end to last season that saw them miss out on Champions League qualification, they sit in 12th place at the eight-game mark following defeat to Newcastle at the weekend. 

Their poor start to the campaign comes after an underwhelming summer, and despite the arrivals of Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka drastically improving their defence – boasting the joint-third best defensive record in the league so far – a lack of creativity and firepower has left them crying out for new additions. 

Neither Romelu Lukaku or Alexis Sanchez were replaced following their late departures during the summer, but the ​Telegraph report that a plan is in place to fill these gaps in the squad – and then some. 

According to the newspaper, as many as eight signings are pencilled in over the next two summers, with the club setting aside £150m for both 2020 and 2021 – figures that are likely to be further supplemented by departures, as the Norwegian continues to shape the squad.

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No names are explicitly floated in the report, but a creative midfielder is likely after their highly-publicised failed approaches for Bruno Fernandes and Sean Longstaff in the summer, while a striker looks a certainty after Solskjaer admitted the departures of Sanchez and Lukaku have left them short-staffed in the goals department. 

“We let Alexis and Romelu go, so you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to see that it’s forward we need that next time we’re going to recruit,” he ​said late last month.

Mario Mandzukic has been touted among the immediate solutions to the Salford striking crisis and ​could join in January, while Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson has also been reported alongside a ​host of other stars. 


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