Ole Gunnar Solskjaer again warned there was no "quick fix" at Manchester United, although the Premier League giants are still hoping for further signings.

United are coming off a sixth-place finish last season, a difficult campaign seeing them end up 32 points adrift of champions and rivals Manchester City.

Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka have been added to United's squad from Swansea City and Crystal Palace respectively, while the club are linked with numerous other signings – most notably Leicester City defender Harry Maguire – and have the likes of Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku potentially exiting.

Solskjaer is still hoping for further additions to his squad, but – as he did earlier in the year – again asked for patience as United look to close the gap to the top.

"I know it's hard getting players in and over the line," the manager said.

"We've been doing our jobs. We've been finding, identifying players. Scouting them. But they have got clubs.

"It took time with Aaron, it took time with Dan, but they got it over the line. It's not like we're going to sign 10 players. It can't be a quick fix.

"As I've said to you, we're working on one or two and we're still hoping but I also understand that the market has changed. Prices have soared."

Sporting CP midfielder Bruno Fernandes, Newcastle United's Sean Longstaff and Lazio's Sergej Milinkovic-Savic have also been linked with the Premier League giants.

United's approach in the transfer market has been criticised at times, but Solskjaer said the club would remain patient.

"We have been linked with so many players. I am sure you don't believe every single player that we have been linked with," he said.

"But I think that Man United sometimes have, because of the wealth, maybe we have had to pay more, a bigger premium to get players in and that's just the world we live in.

"And we have taken our time and we are not going to overpay but we have to get the right people in, the right players."

Manchester United face Leeds United in their second pre-season friendly in Perth on Wednesday.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has promised star midfielder Paul Pogba he can get the "new challenge" he is seeking at Manchester United.

A month ago, France international Pogba said he wanted "a new challenge somewhere else" amid reports former club Juventus and LaLiga giants Real Madrid could try and prise the 26-year-old away from Old Trafford.

Pogba returned to Premier League side United for a then-record fee of £89million in August 2016, though he has been criticised for failing to consistently deliver the type of performances he did when helping France to win the World Cup at Russia 2018.

Solskjaer, who replaced Jose Mourinho as United manager in December 2018, revealed he has spoken to Pogba on several occasions and is not annoyed by his comments.

"I've said many times about Paul that he's a top, top boy and a great player and he's never, ever been a problem," Solskjaer said in quotes published on several British newspapers' websites.

"When we get him playing as he did when I came in, and if we get him playing like that again, he will win you over as well.

"I've not been upset by anything he's said because we've had many conversations and I know exactly what Paul is thinking. I can give him a new challenge."

A fresh challenge is exactly what Alexis Sanchez expected when he swapped Arsenal for United in January 2018.

However, the Chile international has underwhelmed so far and has failed to reproduce the type of form he showed across three-and-a-half seasons with the Gunners having scored just five goals in 45 games for United in all competitions.

Sanchez, sidelined by a hamstring injury sustained at the Copa America, has been warned he must show he is worthy of a place in Solskjaer's team.

"I will have to help," Solskjaer added.

"I've just answered a question here that you can't spoon-feed them. They've got to come in and grab their chances.

"And Alexis is quality and he showed it in the Copa America."

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said Manchester United will have to reduce their centre-back options if they prise Harry Maguire from Leicester City.

United have been linked with Maguire throughout the off-season, reports claiming the Red Devils are close to agreeing a world-record fee for a defender.

Solskjaer has an array of options in the centre-back area, with Victor Lindelof, Eric Bailly, Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo and Axel Tuanzebe all on tour in Australia.

When asked about his stockpile of defenders, Solskjaer told reporters in Perth on Tuesday: "Of course, there's a limit of players.

"Whoever performs will be part of the team and whoever doesn't has a fight to get back in.

"There's been loads of speculation but I can't really say anything. We'll work to find a relationship with the ones we've got."

Tuanzebe, 21, is back with United following an impressive loan spell at Aston Villa, who he helped secure promotion to the Premier League last season.

Solskjaer, who confirmed Fred, Matteo Darmian and Dean Henderson will join the squad for the next part of their pre-season tour in Singapore, added: "Axel has got a great chance of staying here and playing. He had a great season last year.

"It was a stop-start season with injuries, but he's really proven that he is capable of playing at that level, he got promoted with Villa and he's come back very strong, focused.

"He did well in the first game here, so he's one of the young, exciting players that I can't wait to see more."

United will face rivals Leeds United in Perth on Wednesday following their 2-0 win over Perth Glory on Saturday.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is hopeful David de Gea will agree a new contract with Manchester United amid reports the goalkeeper is set to re-sign.

De Gea, 28, is out of contract next year, but reports suggest the Spain international is set to sign a long-term deal worth about £350,000 per week.

Speaking at a news conference on Tuesday, United manager Solskjaer tried to give little away about De Gea's future.

"Hopefully we can agree a new contract with David," he said, via the Evening Standard.

"That will be up to the club and David to announce."

De Gea has been one of several United players linked with a move away, along with the likes of Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku.

Pogba is reportedly a target for Real Madrid, while Lukaku has been linked with a switch to Serie A outfit Inter.

Solskjaer, whose team face Leeds United in a friendly in Perth on Wednesday, said whoever was in his squad for their Premier League opener against Chelsea on August 11 would be eager to perform for the Red Devils.

"The day we start the league, I'm sure everyone who's here will give absolutely everything for Man United," he said when asked if Lukaku would be happy if he stayed.

"We're going to have a strong team with players who want to give everything and there's always rumours, speculations about Man United players.

"But when the league starts we batten the hatches down and we stick together as a team."

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes Manchester United need to find a player capable of replicating club great Bryan Robson.

United got their pre-season tour of Australia off to a winning start on Saturday, beating Perth Glory 2-0 at Optus Stadium.

Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka - the two players signed by United during the off-season so far - both made their debuts in the friendly.

While talks with Leicester City over a move for Harry Maguire appear to be ongoing, Solskjaer is reportedly keen to add a midfielder to United's ranks before the transfer window closes on August 8.

Newcastle United's Sean Longstaff has been linked, though the Magpies are rumoured to have demanded a £50million fee, while speculation suggests a deal for Sporting CP's Bruno Fernandes is proving troublesome.

Robson was a star of United's midfield in the 1980s and early 1990s, and Solskjaer suggested the Red Devils must look for a player who can play in a similar all-action style to the former England international to lead them back to challenging for top honours.

"We need to win again," Solskjaer told fans at an event in Perth that was also attended by Robson.

"We are on the way to building a new squad. We've got new staff in, coaching staff. I believe so much in this club and this project.

"To be manager of this club is fantastic. I'm standing next to the history of this club [Robson]. I never had the honour of playing with Robbo, but we need a player like him in the team.

"We're waiting for the young ones to come through because we've got so many exciting players and I'm sure we'll see the best of them in the years to come.

"There are some experienced ones as well that still have a few years left in them. We can get back to the level we were, definitely."

United face Leeds United in the second match of their Australian tour on Wednesday, before facing Inter, Tottenham and AC Milan in the International Champions Cup, with a friendly against Kristiansund also coming up.

Romelu Lukaku is "not afraid" to seek a transfer in order to find a club where he feels wanted, according to former Belgium coach Georges Leekens, who backed the striker to "take a little bit of revenge" by leaving Manchester United.

Inter are reportedly keen to take Lukaku to San Siro and the 26-year-old told reporters they would "know something next week" after United's friendly win over Perth Glory on Saturday.

Lukaku did not play against Perth but is expected to feature when the Red Devils face Leeds United on Tuesday, and Solskjaer said the club have not received any acceptable bids for the Belgium international.

Leekens said he feels Solskjaer's arrival as manager in December 2018 was the start of the end for Lukaku at United, telling The Mirror: "He's a fantastic footballer, but the change of coach at Manchester hasn't worked well for him.

"He looked released when he played for Belgium and you saw that in the way he played and scored in the recent qualifiers against Kazakhstan and Scotland.

"He needs confidence, he needs to feel wanted. When you hesitate over picking him, he feels it and he doesn't forget it.

"The moment he feels there's a doubt over him, he won't hesitate to do what he thinks is best."

Leekens is not the first to recommend that Lukaku moves on, with current Belgium boss Roberto Martinez having already opined that "it would be a good thing for both parties" if the former Everton target man secures a switch.

Lukaku cost United £76million (€84.7m) in July 2017 and he scored 16 Premier League goals in his first season at Old Trafford, followed by 12 league strikes last season.

The United board are thought to be unmoved by Inter's reported offer of €70million (£63m) – comprising of a two-year loan and a €60m obligation to buy, but Leekens insisted a transfer to Serie A would be the best outcome.

"Now I think it's the right moment for him to go to Italy, to a country where the football is more tactical," said the 70-year-old, who coached Belgium from 2010 to 2012.

"He will like to take a little bit of revenge – and show Manchester United what they have been missing.

"He has shown in the past that he's not afraid to leave a club."

Romelu Lukaku expects an update on his future next week as Inter look to lure the striker away from Manchester United.

Lukaku joined United from Everton in 2017 and has scored 28 Premier League goals across his two seasons at Old Trafford, but he has been a regular target for criticism from fans.

The Belgium international has received flak for his technical ability, control and perceived lack of ruthlessness in front of goal, finding himself usurped as first-choice striker by Marcus Rashford last term after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho as manager.

Inter have made no secret of their interest in the 26-year-old, but their reported offer of €70million (£63m) – comprising of a two-year loan and a €60m obligation to buy – is said to have fallen significantly short of United's €83m asking price.

With media reports on Friday suggesting Lukaku is more likely to stay at United than leave, the striker suggested news is imminent.

Speaking after United's 2-0 friendly win over Perth Glory, which Lukaku missed due to injury, he told reporters: "You guys [the media] will know something next week."

Furthermore, Solskjaer expects Lukaku to feature in the Red Devils' next pre-season game against Leeds United on Wednesday, though the United manager was less definitive about whether the striker will still be at the club when the Premier League season starts.

"There's been so much speculation, but yes, he should be fit for Wednesday and he trained with the team yesterday [Friday] but it wasn't useful to risk him [against Perth], to be fair," Solskjaer said.

"Can I see him staying? Let's see when the season starts. We've not had any bids we're considering.

"All my conversations I will keep confidential, that's my privilege and I can promise them that I won't tell them our discussions."

Paul Pogba is another big-name United player being linked with a move and he refused to offer any clarification over his future after Saturday's match.

When asked about his situation, Pogba said: "Who needs to talk? There's no need."

One person who has felt the need to talk is Pogba's agent Mino Raiola, who confirmed earlier this month the France international wants to leave United.

Paul Pogba is in contention to be Manchester United captain this season according to Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, despite ongoing speculation over the midfielder's future.

Real Madrid and former club Juventus have both been heavily tipped with a move for the World Cup winner during the close-season, with agent Mino Raiola saying this month that Pogba wants away from Old Trafford.

But, after watching Pogba impress during a 45-minute cameo in a 2-0 friendly win over Perth Glory on Saturday, Solskjaer suggested he could wear the armband next season.

Asked whether Pogba is an option for the captaincy, Solskjaer told reporters: "Yes."

Solskjaer added: "I don't think that needs explaining [why he is], we'll discuss that later on."

Marcus Rashford and James Garner were on target for United in Perth, with United comfortable in an uneventful outing.

Going on to discuss Rashford's opener, Solskjaer added: "[I'm] very pleased with the goal he [Rashford] scored.

"[It was about] instincts. It's not one of the pretty goals but it's a goal. I've said Marcus needs to add to his tally.

"He gets wonder-goals and needs those too."

Solskjaer also gave an update on the condition of coach Mark Dempsey, who was hospitalised after falling ill at the club's training camp.

Solskjaer said Dempsey is on the mend but will take no further part in the team's pre-season tour, saying: "Mark has been assessed and discharged.

"I've been to see him today and we've agreed it's best he'll return home now and then we'll see him when we come back."

Winger Dan James, who made his first appearance in a United shirt, reflected positively on the link-up play he enjoyed with veteran full-back Ashley Young.

The 21-year-old signing from Swansea City said: "As soon as I came in I told the full-backs my strengths and how I like to play.

"Youngy cut inside a lot and was playing me in quite a lot. That's important over the next few weeks to get that link-up to get the best out of them and the best out of me.

"There were quite a few times I got in there, that's what we want to do, we want to try and get in behind the opposition, not just play in front, and that's what the gaffer has been speaking to me a lot about. And it's important for me to do it for him."

Marcus Rashford believes Manchester United must "settle" under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in order to reassert a fading sense of identity.

Solskjaer is overseeing his first pre-season after signing a three-year contract in March to become United's full-time manager.

His predecessor, Jose Mourinho, is the only man since Alex Ferguson to have held the post for longer than two seasons.

Though a fan favourite in his playing days, there will be pressure on former striker Solskjaer to achieve early results after failing to secure Champions League qualification last term.

Successfully implementing a vision before the new campaign could prove critical and star forward Rashford thinks the ingredients are right for a period of stability.

"I feel like we can start to settle and I think that is what we needed most," Rashford told United's official website.

"It has been a lot of chopping and changing, different tactics and different systems, and now I think we can settle in to what we are trying to do and really get that identity back."

United's planning has already been hit by an admission from agent Mino Raiola that his client, Paul Pogba, wants out of Old Trafford.

Rashford, 21, is at least certain to stay after signing a new four-year contract earlier this month.

And the England international has observed positives ahead of Saturday's friendly against Perth Glory, despite the uncertainty surrounding World Cup winner Pogba.

"The thing that has gone up for me is the intensity and just the level of training," he said.

"I think we are starting to understand it all a bit better. We can use this. This is Ole's first pre-season and he can really stamp down what he wants to do.

"We have got to use the remainder of the time here and then in Singapore and China to keep progressing and improving."

Standards must be raised at Manchester United following last season's disappointment, according to Juan Mata.

Former Spain international Mata previously described United's end-of-season slump, which saw them win just two of their last 12 matches in all competitions and miss out on Champions League qualification, as "very painful".

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer led the club to eight consecutive victories after taking over from Jose Mourinho last December but soon found himself under pressure as the club failed to win any of their last six matches in 2018-19.

Mata started 16 Premier League games last season – the fewest across the course of a full season since he joined the club in January 2014.

In an interview with United's official app, the former Chelsea and Valencia playmaker issued a rallying cry as the team look to return to the club to its former glories.

"Last season was not easy for any of us and for them [the fans] also," he said.

"I have to say thank you because they helped us in the difficult moments. All I can say is that we will try our best to make them proud. We know that we have to improve.

"We have to set ourselves higher standards and demand more from each other if we want to improve. We know that from the first day of pre-season and we are determined to improve, to have a better season and to make them proud.

"We had a meeting on the first day in which the manager and the staff spoke about what they expect from us, what they expect from Manchester United players and I think that is the right thing to do.

"I think we all have to know what we represent, we have to know the level that people expect from us and I think it is good to do it the first day. Since then, they are trying to help the players, trying to improve in the way they want us to play and it is all fine so far."

Mata, who turned 31 in April, surprised some of the club's supporters by signing a new two-year United contract in June, with the option for a further season.

"We know that in football there are three or four big clubs in the world, or in Europe, and United is one of them," said Mata, who has won the FA Cup, the EFL Cup and the Europa League during his time at Old Trafford.

"Despite the fact we haven't been living the best moment in our history, even if we were winning trophies, that feeling of waking up every day and feeling like a Red Devil is unbelievable. I wanted to keep feeling that, I wanted to stay and I wanted to give my best to bring United to where it belongs.

"I have been here a bit more than five years and I have realised how amazing the supporters are and especially in the tough moments. I cannot imagine how it would be if we win a big trophy, how the town would turn red and I imagine myself in that situation.

"That is another reason why I wanted to stay. I have lived difficult moments but I am really looking forward to living great moments in this club. I wanted to stay, I wanted to commit to the club, to keep enjoying wearing the shirt and keep trying my best."

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer remains optimistic David de Gea will sign an extension at Manchester United rather than run down his contract.

The Spain international joined United from Atletico Madrid in 2011 and, after a shaky start, has developed into arguably the best goalkeeper in the world.

Since the start of the 2013-14 season, De Gea has been the undisputed first choice at Old Trafford, putting in some remarkable performances.

A return to Spain has regularly been mooted, with Real Madrid long-time admirers having previously attempted to sign him, and his future remains uncertain.

De Gea's contract expires in 2020 and prolonged negotiations have failed to yield an agreement, posing the risk United could lose one of their most valuable assets for free, but Solskjaer is not resigned to losing the 28-year-old.

"I'm positive, of course, with David. I've said many times how lucky I am and happy we are to have him in goal," Solskjaer told reporters in Perth ahead of Saturday's friendly with Perth Glory.

"David has had a close-season where he has been negotiating and we hope we can get it sorted. I am positive. We hope he stays here for many years."

Following a disappointing 2018-19 campaign that saw United finish sixth in the Premier League, Solskjaer and the club's hierarchy have been tasked with making considerable changes to the squad.

Although only Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka have arrived, Solskjaer is confident more will follow, but stressed they will not be making rash decisions.

"Doing business in the football market is not a quick fix overnight," Solskjaer added.

"We have players I trust and who I know are going to be successful at this club and we've signed two, Dan and Aaron, with speed, hunger and quality, to be part of that.

"We know last year was disappointing and what we have to aim for this year. We've got to close the gap.

"We ended up sixth in a very competitive league and that's what Manchester United is all about - bouncing back after a season.

"When the league starts I'm sure we'll have a good team, a Manchester United team that is going to challenge.

"We're still in the market looking to do some business, but we're patient, we're Manchester United, we don't have to sell and don't have to overpay.

"You have to have the right players at the right price and if you look at the squad we've got now, there are so many good players, and the ones working here want to improve."

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer revealed the Premier League giants were yet to receive bids for any of their players, including Paul Pogba.

Pogba, 26, is expected to leave Old Trafford this close season, his agent Mino Raiola having recently said the midfielder wants an exit.

The France international is heavily linked with Real Madrid, while Romelu Lukaku is also reportedly set to leave United, with Inter apparently interested in the striker.

However, speaking at a news conference in Perth on Wednesday, Solskjaer said United were yet to receive bids for any of their players.

"There has been loads of talks and speculations about many of our players, both ins and outs. For me, it's business as usual," he said.

"When you're at Man United, you expect all these things to pop up in the summer and of course I've been in touch with Paul, spoken to Paul, spoken to Rom, spoken to Rashy [Marcus Rashford], Jesse [Lingard], spoken to all the players more or less over the summer as you do, you keep in touch with them.

"As far as I'm aware and up until now, we don't have any bids for any of our players... Paul, or most of our players, [have] got long contracts. We are Man United, we don't have to sell players."

Pogba, who is contracted until 2021, was reported to have had a bust-up with Lingard after an exchange between the pair on Tuesday.

Solskjaer was unhappy with those reports, accusing the media of having an "agenda" against Pogba.

"It looks like there is an agenda against Paul. He's a top, top bloke. He's a great, great professional, he's never been any problems, he's got a heart of gold," the Norwegian said.

"For example, Jesse and Paul yesterday walking around, and it's been portrayed as it's a fight between the two boys. I know you're here to sell papers and sell stories, but there's no problem between the boys at all.

"They are all professional and pre-season has been very, very good so far."

Manchester United will face A-League premiers Perth Glory in a friendly on Saturday.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has promised "most" of his players will have a chance to show they deserve to play a big part in Manchester United's future.

The Red Devils boss is rebuilding his squad and has already brought Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka to the club as his first major signings.

In the closing weeks of the 2018-19 season, Solskjaer promised there would be changes in the ranks and warned consistently under-performing players they would play no part in his revolution.

Ahead of a new campaign, Solskjaer this week welcomed the majority of his players back from holiday, and on Sunday they head to Australia at the outset of a pre-season tour.

Solskjaer, asked if every player would begin with a clean slate and an opportunity to impress, said: "Yeah, there is a chance for everyone. They are all going to be a part of this. Well, most of them anyway."

He related the situation to how he felt as a player with United during the Alex Ferguson era.

"I always felt the first couple of weeks was a big chance for me to impress the gaffer and to show him that I am ready for the season," Solskjaer said.

The Norwegian has been at the helm since December, replacing Jose Mourinho, whose tenure ended in disappointment that he could not deliver a sustained Premier League title challenge.

United were sixth when Solskjaer took charge and they finished in that position in May, with their form fluctuating in that five-month period.

There are likely to be more arrivals and departures before the 2019-20 season begins, with Paul Pogba's agent on Friday saying the France midfielder wanted to leave Old Trafford.

Solskjaer said a first half-season in charge allowed him to accrue "great knowledge", and he feels he knows where improvements are required as United attempt to become a team that can rival Manchester City and Liverpool for league honours.

"At Manchester United, and in the Premier League, I have to say, you have to be at our best for long, long periods," Solskjaer told United's official website.

"You've got to be consistent. You can see the top two teams last season were so consistent. We've got to get up there so that's great knowledge and learning for us, and great experience.

"Of course, to have the pre-season together and lay down the foundations and principles to get the fitness, the tactics and the mentality right, and to get the team gelled as one, is important."

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is confident Manchester United will continue to add to their squad in the off-season after bringing Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka to Old Trafford.

Wales international James joined from Championship side Swansea City, while drawn-out negotiations with Crystal Palace resulted in Wan-Bissaka joining on June 29 for a reported £45million, plus an additional £5m in potential bonuses.

United are also rumoured to be interested in Harry Maguire and said to have had a £70m bid rejected by Leicester City, while Newcastle United midfielder Sean Longstaff is supposedly another target.

And after praising United's recent business, Solskjaer still expects more incomings before the transfer window shuts on August 8.

"Well, it's a long-term and short-term project," Solskjaer told United's official website. "You cannot just think three years down the line, and so we've got short-term goals as well, of course.

"I think we've been quite calm and good in the market, as we've got the right people and we're still working on a case or two.

"Of course, we're always looking to improve the squad and, all over the summer I've been in touch with Joel [Glazer, co-chairman] and Ed [Woodward, executive vice-chairman] and all the recruitment and analysis people.

"I've got to say it's been very good so far. I've got the backing and we've got to make sure we don't just jump in and do something rash.

"We've got the people we wanted, for now, and there will probably be some more business being done."

But while acknowledging United are working on other deals, Solskjaer also expressed his excitement at the two signings already completed.

"I know this club, the supporters, staff, coaches and team-mates, we want players who can get us off the edge of our seats," Solskjaer continued.

"Both these players have X-factors, real X-factors, and are great, humble human beings who are hard-working, hungry and just at the start of their careers.

"I'm sure the fans will be delighted when they see their progress. They are here now. Now it's up to them to take the opportunity and prove their worth.

"Of course, we don't expect them to set the world alight on the first day, but they are going to grow into big and very good Manchester United players."

Marcus Rashford is determined to get Manchester United challenging for the biggest prizes again after signing a new four-year contract with the club.

The 21-year-old has extended his deal at Old Trafford until 2023, with the option for a further year, in a major boost for manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's new era.

Rashford has been directly involved in more goals than any other United player in all competitions since his debut in February 2016, underlining his importance to the side, but his rise to prominence has been something of a rare positive for fans in the years since Alex Ferguson's retirement.

The Red Devils have won the Europa League, FA Cup and EFL Cup since 2013 but failed to mount a realistic Premier League title challenge, and their sixth-place finish last season means they will not be involved in the Champions League in 2019-20.

United finished 32 points behind champions Manchester City last season, and Rashford admits it "hurts every day" to see his club so far behind their greatest rivals.

Speaking to the Times after the announcement of his new deal, which will see him earn somewhere in the region of £200,000 per week, he said: "It is a huge sense of pride and a huge feeling for me to sign the contract.

"Manchester United are one big family. Some clubs don't have that — it's just a football club. That's why Manchester United are more than a football club to me.

"Me being a fan changes the emotional side of it. Say we lose a game: it affects me more than it should because I'm a fan. It hurts every day to see where we are now, [compared] to where we've been in the past. I use that pain as motivation. It makes me more determined to put the club back where they belong.

"There's nothing I want more than to see the club winning the Premier League again, winning the Champions League again. Everybody here deserves much, much more than what we're giving them right now, not only the fans, the club itself. They don't deserve to be where they are now. As players, we're the ones who have the opportunity to try and forget about the past five, six years and put the club back on track."

Rashford, a boyhood United fan, has been part of the club since first signing for the academy at the age of seven.

"I'll never forget when United spotted me," he recalled. "I was six. I was on Fletcher Moss playing fields and there was this mystery man watching. I didn't think too much of it, just carried on playing. I glanced over again and he was speaking to my mum and brother [Dwaine].

"Then they called me over. 'What's going on?' I said. 'How's it going, mate?' the mystery man said. 'You okay?' He then said where he was from. Manchester United. Woah. I never expected someone from United to be there. I yelled. I was buzzing. It put a spring in my step for a lifetime.

"I know I was that young — six — and most people aren't thinking of playing for someone's first team at that age, but when he said he was from Manchester United, straight away nothing was going to get in my way of fulfilling my dream."

Rashford believes the passion of playing for United is being instilled again by former forward Solskjaer, who has brought in youngsters Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka in the close season so far.

"He just gets it. He understands. He's been a player here," said Rashford. "He knows how we may feel in certain moments because he's been there himself. The fact that he understands us way more than a normal manager is why he's fitted in straight away."

Rashford also admits it would be a dream to become captain in future, with Solskjaer having praised him as a player who "truly understands what it means to play for Manchester United".

"It's a responsibility I'd definitely be keen on doing when the time is right," he said. "Whether I have the armband or not, it's good to be a leader within the team. Different people drag you through different stages of the game. Everybody needs to be a leader.

"Being captain would be the moment that would probably overtake that feeling of seeing the shirt [with my name on] for the first time. If you are leading the team out, that would be a special moment."

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