Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is targeting better squad depth to deal with another long season after Manchester United’s Europa League exit to Sevilla, which he called “disappointing”.
United were knocked out at the semi-final stage for a third time this season. They had the best possible start in Cologne when Bruno Fernandes converted from the spot inside nine minutes, but former Liverpool winger Suso levelled things up for Sevilla just before the half-an-hour mark.
United were improved after the break but wasted chance after chance and were made to pay when Luuk de Jong tapped home late on with some poor defending also to blame.
Solskjaer wants to add more bodies to his team to deal with what is hopefully another extended campaign in Europe, when they will take their place back in the Champions League.
In his post-match press conference, he said: “They [the players] need to keep improving, keep doing what they’ve done every single day and they’ve worked so hard, with the right attitude and mentality.
“We need to strengthen the squad depth because it’s going to be a long season. We’re going to keep pushing and keep demanding more of the players that we have, but still, we’re looking to improve and it’s a strange one. The league starts very quickly, but then the [transfer] market is open for so long. So we’ve got to be both good, smart and clever