Ole Gunnar Solskjaer urges Manchester United squad to respect ‘magnitude’ of the club

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants his squad to repay the loyalty shown from supporters (Picture: Getty)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told his Manchester United squad to appreciate the ‘size and magnitude’ of the club after an open training session in Perth last Thursday.

Over 12,000 fans attended the club’s session at the WACA ground before United’s opening pre-season friendly against Perth Glory on Saturday and the 2-0 win was watched in front of 50,000 supporters.

Solskjaer is well accustomed to the global appeal of the club having tasted tours of the far-east during his playing career at Old Trafford but Jose Mourinho insisted on trips to the United States during his time at the club, meaning some members of the squad are yet to sample such levels of fandom.

Trips to the States are low-key compared to tours Down Under and fans queued for four hours to catch a glimpse of Solskjaer’s squad when they touched down in Western Australia last week, causing one local paper to describe it as a ‘rock star reception’.

Over 12,000 fans watched United’s opening training session last Thursday (Picture: Getty)

The likes of Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka are sampling their first pre-season tour at the club and Solskjaer was keen to point out the responsibility his players have to repay supporters for their loyalty this season.

Solskjaer told his players not to take the level of support for granted and to ‘appreciate’ the stature of the club in their efforts this season, which begins with a clash against Chelsea at Old Trafford on August 11th.

United remain active in the market and hope to make as many as three signings in the next three weeks.

Ed Woodward has adopted a ‘one deal at a time’ approach to United’s transfer activity this summer and is currently focused on signing a centre-back.

United had a bid rejected for Harry Maguire earlier this month and will have to meet Leicester’s £80m valuation of the defender.

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