Was Ole Gunnar Solskjaer successful at Manchester United? That is a question that will occupy even the Norwegian even after the defeat in the Europa League final.
Strictly speaking in terms of cutlery, then no. Solskjaer has not had any trophies in his time as coach of Manchester United.
To get United back on track and give the club the right direction for the future, Solskjaer is doing just that.
Solskjaer has done what no Manchester United manager has been able to achieve consecutive top four finishes since Sir Alex Ferguson’s resignation.
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David Moyes couldn’t even make a place, while neither Louis van Gaal nor Jose Mourinho could follow a top four finish. Mourinho’s attempt to do so was so disastrous in 2018/19 that he was fired with United who were closer to the relegation zone than first in terms of points.
Solskjaer did an impressive job with a third place in the 2019/20 season and a second place in the 2020/21 season to get United back on track.
Now United is seeing the fruits of it
United are now benefiting from Solskjaer’s top-down rebuilding of the club, with an upgraded and thriving academy into a strong first-team that has looked stronger than any other since Sir Alex Ferguson’s resignation.
A double deal for Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane is exactly what United wanted. Sancho’s deal is closed pending final announcement [BBC] and the Spanish newspaper AS reports that Varane is likely to go to Old Trafford.
These are two top notch players who will transform United’s attack and defense.
Without the combination of Champions League football and a clear direction, no deal would be possible.
Varane reportedly wants a new challenge and United can give him anything he wants. It’s a deal that works for everyone from United to Varane, Harry Maguire to Real Madrid that will get a decent price for a player with a one year contract.
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Sancho had many options. Der Spiegel speculated a year ago that Real Madrid and Barcelona were interested, while Bild suggested that Liverpool wanted him to replace Mo Salah. A Sunday World report claimed Chelsea was interested.
Sancho’s desire to join United has pushed all of that aside. He just wanted to move to Old Trafford. That might not have been possible if United were still fifth out of sixth.
Varane and Sancho are signing up for a title shot and while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a huge challenge in overthrowing the fortunes of Pep Guardiolas City, United are able to do really well this season.
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