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13.55 UPDATE: Man Utd to copy Liverpool
Manchester United must copy Liverpool to bridge the gap at the top of the Premier League, claims former Reds ace Stephen Warnock.
“If you look at Liverpool and [Sadio] Mane, nobody would have predicted what he would do when he cost £30m,” Warnock said.
“[Mohamed] Salah, an ex-Chelsea reject, would people have predicted what he’s done? [Andy] Robertson was £8m. [Georginio] Wijnaldum, Newcastle got relegated when they got Wijnaldum but he’s been incredible for them.
“So if you look at players like that, they are not marquee signings as such but now they’re marquee players. That’s because they’ve been coached the right way and it comes down to the recruitment.”
12.40 UPDATE: Solskjaer on Man Utd targets
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants prospects Manchester United can mould into global stars.
“I think I’ve been quite honest that challenging for the title next year would be a miraculous season because we’re so far behind at the moment points wise,” Solskjaer said.
“And yes next season we’ve got to close that gap. But this summer will also be about players who can last here for many years.
“I don’t think we’ve ever been a ready made club – [Cristiano] Ronaldo was not ready made, [Wayne] Rooney was not ready made.”
Solskjaer added: “Loads of players have come here and developed into the top superstars they’ve become.”