This summer has seen the big money arrivals of Raphael Varane, Jadon Sancho and Cristiano Ronaldo bring renewed optimism that the club can end a trophy drought that has lasted more than four years.

And with Manchester United preparing for their first Champions League game of the season at Swiss side Young Boys, the Manchester United boss insists this summer’s recruitment was part of a long-term strategy he initially outlined when he took the job a little under three years ago.

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“We’ve had enough disappointments, that’s for sure, and some big moments as well,” Solskjaer said. “But this team has grown and matured over the last few seasons. That was always the plan (when I came in), we said in three years’ time we’d have a squad with experience and quality that could challenge.

“With players like David (De Gea), Harry Maguire, who’s been here a couple of years, you get that spine in the team with experience and quality. With Raphael (Varane) and Cristiano (Ronaldo) coming in, they add to that.

“It’s not the last bit, you can never say it’s the last bit, but it’s that something that you have to buy unless you’ve already won it yourself.”

Meanwhile, a return to contention for the biggest prizes could also help persuade Paul Pogba, now in the final year of his contract but back to playing some of his best football, to recommit to a club he had previously seemed certain to leave.

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“It’s up to us to get results and to prove to ourselves that we can win trophies,” Solskjaer said when asked about Pogba. “I think everyone that signs for Manchester United wants to win trophies and be part of a winning Manchester United. It’s the most magical feeling in the world to be part of a winning Manchester United team.”

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