Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has hit back at Jurgen Klopp’s claims over Manchester United’s spending power, joking that he has ‘started buying electric cars’ to stop adding to the wealth of Manchester City and Chelsea.
Klopp recently commented that he can understand how the Premier League and European champions are both able to spend so much money, given their incredibly rich owners. But when discussing the Red Devils’ forays in the market, the German admitted: “I don’t know how they do it.”
Solskjaer responded to Klopp’s jibes prior to Man Utd’s clash with Southampton, insisting that they are a ‘well run club’, and that he has started buying electrics cars so as not to increase the financial power of petrol and gas benefactors Man City and Chelsea.
“We are a well run club,” he said. “We do have a lot of fans out there and we do have good sponsorship deals.
“How we get the money, as a manager you want more and more. I have heard ‘no’ a few times.
“How other clubs run their clubs, there are different models at different clubs. I have started buying electric cars! That is all I want to say about that situation.”
Man Utd have been active in the transfer window, spending £72.9m on Jadon Sancho and a further £40m on Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane. There are rumours that the Red Devils are also aiming to recruit a midfielder, with Rennes star Eduardo Camavinga on their shortlist.
Meanwhile, both Chelsea and Man City have broken their transfer records this summer, with the Blues paying £97.5m for Romelu Lukaku and the Citizens triggering Jack Grealish‘s £100m release clause from Aston Villa, although both raised significant funds through player sales.
Liverpool’s only expenditure comes in the form of centre-back Ibrahima Konate, who the Reds signed from RB Leipzig for a fee of €40m back in May. Klopp’s comments highlight the difference in spending power between the top clubs, as Liverpool aim to compete with the big-spending trio.