Solskjaer has come under fire after a dreadful start to the campaign
Solskjaer’s Regime So Far
Ole Gunnar Solskjær took over Manchester United as interim manager back in December 2018 after Jose Mourinho was sacked. United was yet again struggling to break into the top 4 and had been looming around 6th or 7th. The legendary Norwegian was supposed to bring back the “feel-good” factor and set-up a positive environment for a new manager.
Not many expected the Norwegian to bring about a change in the club’s fortunes. Quite on the contrary, he made a fairy tale start to his tenure, winning his first 8 games. It was a magical night in Paris, a trademark comeback win that ensured that the United legend got the permanent job. But what came next was a dismal run of games that saw us finish 6th, with a dreadful 2-1 defeat against an already relegated Cardiff City.
The hope of a strong campaign from a 4-0 win against Chelsea in the season opener soon faded away as Manchester United yet again started to drift towards mediocrity. Consecutive 2-0 defeats at the hands of Liverpool and Burnley in January even threatened a sack. But fortunately, United finally brought in Bruno Fernandes from Sporting Lisbon. And oh boy, what an impact did he make on the team. Bruno became the catalyst for our success as we rapidly rose in the table. Manchester United finished 3rd in the Premier League against all odds, and Solskjaer should be given more credit for it than he is.
Yet Another Frustrating Transfer Window
We went into the summer transfer market with Jadon Sancho our priority target, with Jack Grealish, Dayot Upamecano, and Nathan Ake on the gaffer’s list as well. Astoundingly yet unsurprisingly, we failed to get any of the manager’s targets, yet again. Instead, the board gave Ole players that were down the pecking order. Van de Beek has been the most promising signing, but Solskjær preferred Grealish for his versatility to slot in wider roles. The unavailability of a specialist RW has always limited us in our approach to playing attacking football from the flanks.
While Sancho would have been the perfect signing for us, as he provides everything we need. We instead got two 18-year old RWs who have barely played any senior football, Amad Diallo Traore from Atalanta (who join in January), and Facundo Pellistri from Penarol. I’m really excited to watch them develop but I personally would’ve liked to see someone come in who straightaway slots into the first team. Rather than strengthening the defensive unit, we got a 33-year old Edinson Cavani in what is widely deemed to be a panic-buy.