If Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can extract the right attitude from his squad, I can see big improvement this year.
Here are the thoughts of Man Utd fan – Matthew Kernaghan.
Since his appointment as caretaker manager in December of last year, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has overseen some hugely contrasting Manchester United performances. From the heroics of Paris to an end-of-season slump, which not only saw any chance of Champions League football disappear without so much as fight, but also saw them crash out of the FA Cup with an abysmal showing at Wolves – the only realistic chance of silverware at the time.
There are still questions to be answered as the 19/20 campaign kicks off.
A disappointing transfer window – one which many fans felt needed to see the arrival of four or five world-class signings – had yielded only Aaron Wan Bissaka from Crystal Palace and Daniel James from Swansea until Harry Maguire‘s big-money arrival from Leicester..
Both players undoubtedly have ability and potential – Wan Bissaka in particular looks to have all the attributes to establish himself as a mainstay of the United defence for years to come.
Another attacking option will surely arrive before the window closes on August 8th.
It’s a sign of the times for Manchester United that a good season this year would be classed as a top-4 finish. Even if two or three more signings arrive, to think that United can challenge for the title this year is unrealistic.
A deep run in the Europa League and /or FA Cup and Champions League qualification for the following season would surely see Solskjaer remain in the hot seat. Anything less and this time next year could see a sixth new manager since 2013.
There are reasons to believe that this year can and will be positive.
David De Gea is expected to sign a new long-term contract which, will commit the majority of his prime to Old Trafford. Players like Marcus Rashford, Luke Shaw & Victor Lindelof can step up and start to really deliver as United players. Exciting youngsters Mason Greenwood and Angel Gomes have impressed in pre-season.
If Solskjaer can extract the right attitude expected of every player that pulls on the red shirt then there is no reason why 19/20 can’t see some silverware and a much-improved league campaign. I expect United to finish a respectable 4th, possibly 3rd, and with Marcus Rashford touted to be deployed in a more central role this year, he can end the campaign as the club’s top scorer.
Matthew Kernaghan’s 2019/20 Premier League predictions and Best Bet(s) for the season:
TOP 4: Man City – Liverpool – Tottenham – Man Utd
RELEGATION: Sheffield Utd – Norwich – Newcastle
TOP SCORER: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
MAN UTD’S TOP SCORER IN PREMIER LEAGUE: Marcus Rashford
BEST BET(S): Leicester (Betting W/O The Big 6) @ 10/3 – Newcastle to be relegated @ 2/1