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Manchester United hero Andy Cole has defended the lack of spending at Old Trafford in the summer transfer window and pointed at Real Madrid as a reason why. Cole believes it was unrealistic for clubs to spend mega-money amid the coronavirus pandemic.

United were criticised for not getting the main targets Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wanted including Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho.

Edinson Cavani, Alex Telles and Donny van de Beek were the big-name arrivals at Old Trafford instead.

Cole does not think Solskjaer was let down but does think he may not have got his ideal targets.

He told Express Sport: “I don’t know (if he has been let down). I’m not privy to that information.

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“We don’t know the ins and outs. No doubt he would have liked to have brought in more players.

“Unfortunately, the players he wanted to bring in maybe he couldn’t but we don’t know the reasons why.

“There is a global pandemic and when I see teams like Real Madrid spend no money you do have to look at it as Real Madrid spent nothing.”

Cole also opened up on how the situation is different at United to the likes of Chelsea who spent more than £200m on new players.

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Ben Chilwell, Kai Havertz, Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech all made the switch to Stamford Bridge.

Cole added: “Chelsea can spend that money because their owner is a billionaire and it’s his money.

“Manchester City can do the same thing. They have no-one to answer to.

“He’s a billionaire and if he wants to spend £200m that’s entirely down to him. Abramovich the same thing.”

Cole also thinks Solskjaer is the man to lead United and reports Mauricio Pochettino could take over are premature.

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He said: “I enjoyed playing with Ole. Ole is a very, very nice guy. You don’t want to see anyone given a lot of stick. Since he has gone in he has turned things around.

“We haven’t been lucky enough to win any silverware at the moment. This season we haven’t started the way we would have liked but take nothing away from Ole.

“Ultimately, at the back end of last season nobody thought they would finish in the top four. That’s down to the manager galvanizing the players to do just that.”

United return to action against West Brom after the international break as they look to make a move up the Premier League table.

Fast Forward: The Autobiography: The Hard Road to Football Success by Andrew Cole is published on 12 November (Hodder & Stoughton, £20)

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