Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has warned he will not buy ‘rotten apples’ for his Manchester United squad and wants new signings to fit in with the existing dressing room.
The Norwegian signed Daniel James, Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka in his first summer at the club as he built a squad around young and primarily British players.
While Bruno Fernandes arrived in January, Solskjaer’s focus does seem to be on up and coming players who fit the existing mould.
It comes in contrast to those who were bought before Solskjaer took over.
Paul Pogba has faced criticism for his attitude and has not hit the heights expected of him when United broke the transfer record to bring him back for £89m in 2016.
Alexis Sanchez, who earns £500,000-a-week, has been farmed out on loan to Inter Milan after struggling following his move from Arsenal.
Romelu Lukaku, another expensive purchase, was sold to the Italian giants last summer.
And Solskjaer has now made it clear that he wants new arrivals at the end of the season that reflects his own personality.
‘I did feel that I was professional and did feel privileged to play for Manchester United,’ Solskjaer told the Shiv Nadar Foundation.
‘I wouldn’t be able to look at myself if I didn’t know I’d given everything for my team-mates and my manager.
‘That’s what I also now look for in players that we sign or we bring up from the youth team. You have to have a good personality and that you are professional because one rotten apple in the basket will make the others rotten.
‘So for me it’s about building a team that will reflect me and my coaching staff’s personalities and views. Of course there are standards because we want to win. We are in the business to win.
‘But the first step to be a Manchester United player and person, you have to be humble enough to know you always have to work hard. Never give in and always do your best, 100 per cent effort is required every day and don’t think you are better than you are.
‘You still have to play with that confidence at the same time. It’s a fine balance but that is what is going to make the difference when we want to get to the championship again that we want to win.’