Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reveals tweaks needed to make Manchester United title challengers next season

The Red Devils outfought the defending Premier League champions at Old Trafford on Sunday

Melissa Reddy
Senior Football Correspondent
Monday 09 March 2020 08:08 GMT
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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes Manchester United are constructing a platform to restore them as champions of England, but maintains they require pedigreed additions in the summer transfer window to expedite the process.

The Norwegian oversaw the club’s first league double over Manchester City since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement following a 2-0 victory at Old Trafford on Sunday.

The 20-time title winners outplayed Pep Guardiola’s men with Bruno Fernandes, their blockbuster signing in January, once again delivering a decisive performance.

And Solskjaer believes further investment of the same quality will enable United to reduce the gap on City and Liverpool, who are 12 and 37 points clear respectively.

“For me, it shows we’re on the right track and improving,” he said in the aftermath of the third triumph over the defending champions this season.

Solskjaer chats with Guardiola pre-game 

“We’re Manchester United and we’re looking to catch the teams in front of us

“We feel we’re improving all the time. We know we lack one, two or three players to be considered a title contender, as well as some experience.

“We are just going to think about going up the table, getting more points. Chelsea and Leicester are too far ahead for my liking.”

United are fifth, three points behind Frank Lampard’s charges in the final Champions League spot and five adrift of Brendan Rodgers’ side.

Solskjaer is counting on their defensive improvement to help return the club to Europe’s elite competition.

“We’ve kept eight clean sheets in 10 and the two goals we conceded, well one shouldn’t have been given because of the rolling ball and VAR was asleep [in the Europa League against Club Brugge].

“The other was David [de Gea’s] mistake [at Everton] so it is a foundation we’re building. It is a mixture of time to work on it and quality players like Harry [Maguire], Victor [Lindelof] and David have all been excellent. Luke Shaw has also been top class, Aaron [Wan-Bissaka] you can see his performance today and Brandon [Williams] is not fazed by anything.”

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