Man Utd can attract world's best without Champions League, believes Solskjaer

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer discussed transfers ahead of Monday's trip to Chelsea, which occupies the fourth and final Champions League spot.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer speaking at a press conference ahead of the match against Chelsea.   -  Getty Images

Manchester United can attract the world's best players with or without Champions League football, according to manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

United is set to spend heavily at the end of the season as the Red Devils continue to struggle in the Premier League – ninth and 41 points behind leader Liverpool.

Borussia Dortmund sensation Jadon Sancho, Leicester City's James Maddison and Aston Villa star Jack Grealish are among players being linked to United, which is six points outside the top four.

While acknowledging Champions League qualification makes it easier to sign stars, under-fire boss Solskjaer insisted United still has pulling power.

"The Champions League gives the club more resources, more money, that's one thing," said Solskjaer ahead of Monday's blockbuster trip to Chelsea.

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"It's a prestigious tournament to be in, of course. But doing as well as we can, and if we play well the rest of the season, and players that we might want are impressed by that, it might be easier to convince them to come here.

"But I don't think one season – this season is the Europa League – if next season is with or without the Champions League, I wouldn't say that's the be-all and end-all for a player to sign for us."

It has been another tough campaign for United, which has only won nine of its 25 Premier League games so far. United is winless in three games, having only managed one victory from its past five outings in the league.

Prior to the break, United was held to a goalless draw by Wolves as January signing Bruno Fernandes made his highly anticipated debut at Old Trafford.

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