Ryan Giggs has hailed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's transformation of Manchester United's transfer policy as his former teammate continues to turn the Red Devils' fortunes around.
Solskjaer, who offloaded both Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez after just six months on from his arrival, said this week he would rather have "a hole in the squad than an a*******".
After January signing Bruno Fernandes made such an impressive impact on his United team, Solskjaer remains determined to bolster his attacking options this summer, with Borussia Dotmund's Jadon Sancho and Aston Villa's Jack Grealish as primary targets.
And Giggs believes the Norwegian is building a highly positive dressing room.
“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."
Giggs added, “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 Welsh coach continued, "It was a shame we had to pause the season because we were flying. 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."
Adding his thoughts on the players, Giggs concluded, “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.”
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.