Ryan Giggs has hailed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s transformation of Manchester United’s transfer policy as his former team-mates continues to turn the Red Devils’ fortunes around.
Under Solskjaer, United have shifted the emphasis of their recruitment policy away from big-name signings towards younger, talented players who can grow with the club.
But Giggs says another important factor with Solskjaer at the helm is that the Norwegian is focusing on signing players who are good characters off the field as well as impressive players on it.
Solskjaer’s successful signings include Harry Maguire, Daniel James and Bruno Fernandes, all of whom started well after switching to Old Trafford.
James is of course well known to Wales boss Giggs, as the Welsh winger has been turning out for his country since his Swansea City days.
And Giggs says the 22-year-old is typical of the kind of personality Solskjaer wants to sign.
“Dan’s not only a talented player,” Giggs told MUTV Group Chat of James.
“He’s a really good character and a solid lad. He wants to improve and that’s what I’ve seen over the last 18 months.
“Every time I went to watch him at Swansea, he was getting better and better and he’s had a great start to his United career.
“He’s a United player as well and someone who United fans will enjoy watching. He’ll beat men, he’ll make things happen and, of course, he has that devastating speed.
“But as I said, more than that for me, is he’s a really good character. I think that’s what Ole has tried to do over the last months, have some really good characters in the dressing room.”
The signing of Fernandes appears to have had a huge impact on United’s season, with Solskjaer’s side in fine form since the Portugal star joined the team in January.
The Red Devils were 11 games unbeaten in all competitions and up to fifth in the Premier League when football was halted by coronavirus, with Fernandes having played in the last nine of those games, scoring three goals and providing three assists.
However, Giggs maintains that United need another four or five players to turn into genuine challengers for honours again.
“It was a shame we had to pause the season because we were flying,” Giggs said.
“Ole started his management with United flying, then had a tough spell, and then we were on a good run. But, like I said earlier, the players he’s got in have been really impressive.
“They’ve improved the team and the dressing room and obviously, in Fernandes, we’ve seen over the years the effect one player can sometimes have.
“You talk about the Eric Cantonas, the Robin van Persies… and I’m not comparing him yet to them but he’s made other players play better and he’s given everyone a lift.
“I still think we need four or five players but we’re definitely going in the right direction.”
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