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The coming weeks will prove pivotal for the next stage of Manchester United's rebuild under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

A laboured victory over Norwich at the weekend was Machiavellian in its means, with a place in the FA Cup semi-final welcome reward for what was a rather ugly win.

Harry Maguire's scrappy winner not only kept the club's impressive unbeaten run going but it kept their dreams of silverware alive too, as Solskjaer looks to end his first full season in charge with something to show for it.

A successful end to the season will not only strengthen the board's belief in Solskjaer going forward, but how their run-in pans out will have a big impact on United's prospects in the transfer window.

MEN Sport revealed earlier this month the club have a list of back-up options should they miss out on Champions League football and Solskjaer used his press conference on Monday morning to reiterate the fierce competition they face to secure a top-four finish.

It might only be a matter of days before United find out whether or not fifth place will be enough for a return to the top table of European football as City await their CAS appeal verdict, but regardless of the outcome United's own targets stay the same.

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The end of the Bundesliga season over the weekend brought with it a further dilemma ahead of the summer transfer window as Borussia Dortmund once again reiterated their desire to keep Jadon Sancho from the lure of Old Trafford. The England international might be open to a move, but his club are confident they don't need to sell him - or at least that's what they're saying publicly.

It must be taken with a pinch of salt that Dortmund don't believe anyone can afford their star man, say anything else and a different media frenzy is fuelled. However, it is no surprise cheaper options have been considered.

Thiago Almada, David Brooks and Rabbi Matondo are all on the list, but it is Bayer Leverkusen star Kai Havertz who has many fans talking after another successful season. He might not be in the bargain bucket, but he would still represent a cheaper alternative to Sancho.

Havertz's club manager Peter Bosz also stated at the weekend there was little reason to expect Havertz to leave this summer, but after finishing fifth in the German top flight, and missing out on Champions League football, they must know his departure is now more likely.

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MEN Sport reported two weeks ago Havertz has a 'huge desire' to play in the Champions League and that is something United are well aware of themselves. Chelsea and Bayern Munich appear to be the two strongest rivals for the 21-year-old at the end of the season and both those clubs are fully expecting to be in the top club competition.

United have already been flattered by the knowledge Havertz sees a move to England as a 'very realistic' possibility, but they know such optimism relies on how they finish their own season.

The German youngster could come face-to-face with United once the Europa League resumes in August, in that case Solskjaer needs to ensure his offer of Champions League football is already in the bag.


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