Monday, January 18, 2021

Manchester United have been ‘lucky’ under Solskjaer reckons Liverpool legend.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer spell brought life at Old Trafford but Pundits still doubt their performance.

Former Liverpool defender Phil Thompson believes Manchester United have been lucky during their impressive run of form under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The 45-year old Norwegian came into the club as caretaker manager in December to replace the outgoing Jose Mourinho and has since gone on to win all six games he has taken charge of.

There have been tentative calls for him to receive the job permanently, while in the immediate, many are speculating as to whether the club could make a late surge for the top four.

And according to Thompson, there is every chance United could break into the Champions League places, but he was also eager to acknowledge the role luck has played.

He told Sky Sports, “Man Utd are certainly on a confidence streak and they could make the top four. If they are on this streak now and winning that game yesterday was a massive boost, despite the fact it could have gone horribly wrong.”

“One of the things that happens when you are doing well is that you get away with things. Mourinho will have been thinking ‘That would have gone against me, De Gea would not have saved that’.”

Thompson was one of four pundits to offer their two cents on United’s start to life under Solskjaer and their top-four prospects.

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Below is the rest of the Sky Sports’ Soccer Saturday punditry panel make of United’s chances of finishing in the Champions League spots.

Paul Merson:

“The only way finishing in the top four can feel like an amazing achievement for one of the top six is when you have been down in sixth, seventh place all season. Defensively they are not good enough. I dread to think what the score will be against PSG. They need defenders, if it weren’t for bad finishing by Tottenham then it could have been any score.”

Charles Nicholas:

Solskjaer has done fantastically well so far. I did think Spurs would pip them but I did not expect Manchester United to win. I think Spurs are the third-best team in the country, whereas United have an abundance of players in comparison to them. They can talk up Pogba and what Solskjaer has done to them, but he will not change his approach.”

“He is a forward-thinking coach, but they have to rely on defence to do better. De Gea is the best in the world, he did it at Arsenal the other season and he did it at Wembley. It is a reality check for Spurs as much as United. They are the team that will come in at third or fourth so I expect them to finish in the top four.”

Author’s take:

Ole Gunnar has done amazingly well at Manchester United so far. The six achievements brought back hopes among fans that were dead during Mourinho reign. United have far more better talents and players they just need to perform better and better. And Norwegian is already working to  bring out the best from his squad.







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