MU is still struggling in the top 4 Premier League race this season and just hope that the Covid-19 pandemic does not cause the efforts of coach Solskjaer to pour into the river. But nobody taxes dreams.
The thirst of Manchester people
After the day of Sir Alex retreated to the past, MU has never won the Premier League. The thirst of the Manchester people has lasted up to 7 years, and the promise is much longer. This 2019/20 season, though interrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic, surely “Red Devils” has run out of opportunities to compete for the title.
In the past 7 years, MU’s best performance in the English Premier League is second with Jose Mourinho in the 2017/18 campaign. In the remaining seasons, the Old Trafford team has 4 times outside the top 4, 3 times absent in the Champions League. If this 2019/20 season does not go well, “Red Devils” will also stand outside the top 4.
This context puts a lot of pressure on the shoulders of Solskjaer’s coach team. Next season, the “Red Devils” fans want to see the beloved team return to the Premier League throne, after years of witnessing rivals taking turns crowned. If MU does not quickly find the champion trajectory, they can go into the footsteps of Arsenal.
In the recent interview, two young players Daniel James and Scott McTominay strongly stated, MU next season can race to win the Premier League with Man City, Liverpool, Chelsea, or Tottenham. Their beliefs are underpinned by recent successes, along with rookie Bruno Fernandes.
Both Daniel James and Scott McTominay affirmed that once Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford returned, MU will have a respectable squad. Accordingly, the power of Manchester United lies in the youth, the desire – what McTominay described by the phrase “army of hunger”. Sir Alex has also achieved success with his own hungry army – the 1992 generation.
Waiting in Solskjaer – Premier League
By this time, all had to see coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in a different way. Initially, he was underestimated professionally. But increasingly, “Solsa” increasingly shows great potential, with a young team and as enthusiastic as himself.
Under “Solsa”, MU won extremely good results against rivals in the Big Six group of the Premier League, including Liverpool, Man City, Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham. The “Red Devils” have beaten defending champions Manchester City three times in Manchester derbies in nine months – up to the time the tournament was postponed.
According to statistics from Opta, MU won 17 points out of a maximum of 27 points in 9 matches against Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Man City (2 matches), and Tottenham (1 game). They beat Chelsea and Man City in both matches and defeated Tottenham. Calculated, only Arsenal and Liverpool are teams in the group of 6 giants not defeated by MU.
One of MU’s weaknesses in the previous period was bad “shopping”. From David Moyes, Van Gaal to Jose Mourinho, “Red Devils” have spent a lot of money but the “blockbuster” contracts did not work. Such cases are Di Maria, Falcao of coach David Moyes, Lukaku, or Mourinho’s own Pogba.
Meanwhile, coach Solskjaer is also appreciated in the ability to “shop”. All five of MU’s contracts under “Solsa” – Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Daniel James, Odion Ighalo, and especially Bruno Fernandes have played well and demonstrated the look of the Norwegian military man.