We’re at the phase of the season where every game is important now, there’s no room for slip-ups, no room for complacency and results are more important than the performance.
Despite the rocky start to the under Jose Mourinho, the appointment of Ole Gunnar Solksjaer has been heralded as a masterstroke.
The Norwegian, given the job on a permanent basis last week, has steered the club towards a top-four finish, something that seemed improbable during Mourinho’s last days whilst also giving the club a chance of a shot at Champions League glory with an exhilarating quarter-final tie, against Barcelona, looming large.
On Saturday, in his first game as the permanent manager of Manchester United, Solksjaer saw his side labour to a 2-1 win with the Norwegian openly admitting, as reported by the BBC, that his side didn’t play to their potential, remarking:
“They made it difficult for us and it seemed as though we were still on holiday or the international break. Both teams feel they should have points.
“When I won trophies here, we didn’t play well in every game but today we lacked zip, urgency, and fitness.”
But there’s no time to linger and mull over what may have been wrong, especially with the games coming thick and fast.
Tomorrow (Tuesday), Manchester United face a difficult Premier League away fixture when they travel to Molineux to face Wolverhampton Wanderers.
It’s a trip Solksjaer knows will be a tough one, with the boss, as reported by the same source, remarking:
“Today will have done us the world of good fitness-wise. We know how hard it is to play against Wolves so we need to make sure we have a team fit and available.”
Wolves have, already this season, shown they can play against the top sides, doing well against both Chelsea and Manchester City, but Solksjaer, when it comes to the end of the season, has set his side a target, further remarking about the seven games left:
“If we can get 15 points, we’ll be top three.”
Who’d have thought it during those dark days of the remnants of the Mourinho reign?
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