Arsene Wenger fires Man Utd transfer warning ahead of summer overhaul

By Mirror: Monday, April 29th 2019 at 15:09 GMT +3 | Football
Ex-Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger [Courtesy]

Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has warned Ole Gunnar Solksjaer that Manchester United are likely to face significant competition from many of Europe's top clubs in the transfer market this summer.

United's hopes of securing a place in next season's Champions League suffered another blow after they were held to a 1-1 draw by top-four rivals Chelsea on Sunday.

Despite taking the lead through Juan Mata, another error from goalkeeper David De Gea ensured that United remain three-points behind Maurizio Sarri's side, who currently occupy fourth place with just two games remaining.

With the club 27 points behind Premier League leaders Manchester City, Solskjaer is expected to overhaul his squad this summer in the hope of turning them back into title contenders.

Ander Herrera, Juan Mata, Antonio Valencia and Marcos Rojo are among those expected to leave Old Trafford when the transfer window opens, but Wenger has warned that it won't be easy for the Red Devils' boss to recruit the right players to upgrade his squad.

Man United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer [Courtesy]

"They’ve spent a lot of money but still they have a big job to do," Wenger told BeIN Sports.

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"What will be interesting in the summer for me is that you have many big clubs who are out to buy players. I think there will be more money than good players on the market.

"So it will not be easy to get it right because you have Real Madrid out there, Bayern Munich out there, Paris Saint-Germain out there, Man United out there, then Arsenal and Chelsea out there on the market."

United have struggled since the retirement of legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson and have not won the Premier League since 2013 - the Scot's last season at Old Trafford.

And Wenger believes Fergie's departure constitutes a trio of factors which explain the club's change in fortunes.

He continued: "I would say it is because of three main factors, he was a huge personality, Alex Ferguson in the game, and his importance at the club, his quality was dominance.

"After that, when he stopped I believe it was the end of a generation."

"For me the end of the generation was coinciding with Ryan Giggs, an exceptional player who came to an end," he added. "And the second thing is the recruitment policy was not successful.

"The older generation was a famous period of United, so they lost the quality and the spirit because all these players were ready to die for Manchester United, plus the players they bought have not all been successful.

"All these three things together show that it’s not easy to keep continued success, it’s going in cycles up and down."

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