Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits he was wrong to say Manchester United could 'exploit' the economic situation in football as frustration grows over the club's lack of new signings.
Solskjaer made the comment in April as the Covid-19 pandemic took its toll on the sport and appeared to open the door for United to make some cut-price deals in this transfer window.
But having only signed Donny van de Beek for £40million from Ajax with less than four days to go until the window closes, Solskjaer admitted it was a poor choice of wording and pointed out that the financial impact has hit United just as severely. The club has lost 'loads of money,' said Solskjaer.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has admitted he was wrong to say Manchester United could 'exploit' the Covid-19-affected transfer market to bring in new players this summer
United's pursuit of their No 1 summer target Jadon Sancho has faltered in recent weeks
Midfielder Donny van de Beek has so far been the only summer arrival at Old Trafford, at £40m
'I think my wording in lockdown "exploit" was a bad word by me,' said the United boss.
'I didn't mean in that respect. I meant clubs out there have to move because of the situation and it might be a situation for us. At the moment we've not had those situations. We've lost loads of money as the other clubs have as well.'
Solskjaer made the 'exploit' comment back on April 8 during an interview with Sky Sports, repeating the word after Gary Neville used it in his question.
The United boss said: 'Football is going to get back to normality at one point, and it's very important we're ready when that happens.
Pressure is mounting on Ed Woodward over signings as Monday's deadline moves closer
Solskjaer has changed his position on new signings in a matter of weeks.
After United lost to Sevilla in the semi-finals of the Europa League, he said: 'We need to strengthen the squad depth because it's going to be a long season.
'It's only going to be a couple of weeks' rest until we get going again.
'Dust this down, make sure that we're ready and fresh to go.
'Of course we’re going to keep pushing and keep demanding more of the players that we have but still we’re looking to improve.'
'We want to be the best at everything, and of course now is a chance to spend more time, you discuss players, discuss plans, we've evaluated what we need, of course with the coaching staff we've looked at games, evaluated games, discussing on video calls like this.
'Then, the market, who knows how the market is going to react to this? Who knows which clubs need to sell players?
'There might be just a situation there where you can exploit, and I know that we at Man United, we are one of the biggest, and financially well off.
'I'm sure we are capable, when we get back to normality, that we can do the business that we want to.'sonos sonos One (Gen 2) - Voice Controlled Smart Speaker with Amazon Alexa Built-in - Black read more