Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is happy he has been able to repay the club’s faith in him, with the Red Devils now firmly in the title race.
After a tricky start to the season, United’s form has turned and now they find themselves back in a once-familiar position of challenging for the Premier League crown.
Solskjaer sees off competiton
The knives were already out for the Norwegian coach after just a few games of the season, with United suffering heavy defeats to both Crystal Palace and Tottenham. Former Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino and ex-Juve head coach Massimiliano Allegri were both being linked with taking over in the hot seat at Old Trafford, as the media speculated Solskjaer’s position.
However, a 3-1 win at Everton back in November sparked a transformation in United, who are now 7/1 in the football betting from Space Casino to win the Premier League title this season. The former Molde and Cardiff City boss has earned plenty of plaudits from turning things around at Old Trafford, and the club’s hierarchy should also be praised for sticking with him.
Solskjaer has spoken of the “strong backing” he has received at Old Trafford this season from the people in power at the club and has said he hopes he has “proved I can help the club going forwards”.
Work still to do at United
While United are striving to be in the Premier League title race come the business end of the season, there are still things to improve upon at Old Trafford. Crashing out of the Champions League in the group stages came as a major disappointment for the club, especially with United starting their European campaign so positively.
Making sure the Red Devils are back in Europe’s premier competition next season will be priority number one for Solskjaer, then trying to improve the squad to ensure they reach the knockout stages next term.
Meanwhile, in the Premier League, it would be hard to argue the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City are still the two sides to beat this season. United are starting to bridge the gap but significant strides must be made to compete with the Reds and the Citizens.
Financial backing key for Solskjaer
United are unlikely to do big business in the January transfer window, but next summer provides a real opportunity to add to the quality of the squad at Old Trafford. Big decisions will need to be made regarding current personnel at the club, with Paul Pogba’s future at the heart of the debate. Solskjaer appears to be getting more out of the French international since his return from injury, but still the midfielder is linked with the likes of Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain.
Much will depend on how the second half of the season goes for the Red Devils with regards to summer backing in the transfer market, but Solskjaer has already shown the quality and resilience needed to compete as a Premier League manager.