Despite being in the middle of MLS campaign with D.C. United, forward Wayne Rooney still cares about his former team Manchester United and watches what the team is doing in the offseason. And not just that. Rooney also decided to offer some shopping advice to United’s boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
After a disappointing 2018/19 Premier League season, Man Utd plan to revamp their roster during the summer and are targeting some big stars who could help them return to the top of English soccer. But Rooney thinks that Solskjaer should take a different approach and sign young talents instead of expensive stars.
“For Ole, I think the first thing he’s got to do is try and build the squad,” – said Rooney in a recent chat with BBC Radio Five Live. “I don’t think bringing one or two players in for over £100 million is going to really help with the squad and the players who are there. I think he needs to try and look at maybe five or six players who have got potential to be top players but you’re not spending £120m-£130m on these players.”
Ever since legendary manager Alex Ferguson left the club in 2013, Manchester United hasn’t won the Premier League. They also only managed to get in the top four twice since then. This is why Rooney thinks that the team should do a proper rebuild and has urged the fans to have patience during that period.
“I just think the club needs to rebuild with younger players. But they need to be good enough and allow the manager to improve them,” – he added. “And I think the Man United fans will understand that they are probably not going to compete for the Premier League next year.
According to latest reports, Solskjaer already set up a shopping list for the summer which includes Napoli’s center back Kalidou Koulibaly, Atletico Madrid talented midfielder Saul Niguez and several young English players such as Declan Rice, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Jadon Sancho.