With the addition of Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane, the Red Devils could be a serious title threat this term, according to their manager
Ole Gunnar Solskjær believes that Manchester United will be among the biggest contenders for the crown of the Premier League this season, and states that his team can triumph with ‘maximum effort and maximum sacrifice’.
United are one of a number of silverware contenders who have come painfully close to the first trophies of the Norwegian’s tenure this past quarter, with a second place finish in the final and a sad one in the Europa League final.
However, with the expected addition of Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane to the ranks at Old Trafford, the Red Devils have improved their squad and Solskjaer does not see why they can not end their drought in the end.
What was said?
“I would rather be an optimist and be wrong than a pessimist and be right,” Solskjær said. ‘Of course these boys can [win the title], with maximum effort and maximum sacrifice.
‘It feels like this coming season is one of the strongest seasons in the Premier League. It was [Manchester] City and Liverpool have been fighting it out for a while, but we and Chelsea have spent well and need to look at ourselves as possible challengers.
The Norwegian further emphasizes the importance of a good start to the new campaign by borrowing a phrase from his city rival Pep Guardiola: ‘[He] said ‘You can not win the league in the first eight games, but you can lose the chance to win it’, and that’s what happened to us last season.
Can Man Utd challenge in 2021-22?
After successfully coming up against Villarreal in the Europa League final – and narrowing the gap on City in the title race last quarter – United are embarking on the new campaign with confidence.
Although they will be forced to fight without some key stars such as Marcus Rashford – who is recovering from an injury after Euro 2020 duty at England – the arrival of Sancho and Varane indicates their intention to outsmart their rivals across the city challenge for domination.
City themselves are also looking for a big spending window, having already brought in Jack Grealish for a British record charge, but Solskjær will nonetheless feel he has the tools to go even further this time around.
The bigger picture
United begin their new campaign with the visit of old rivals Leeds United on August 14, with the two teams playing for the first time against the fans since the Whites returned to the Premier League.
A trip to Southampton follows on 22 August, after which the Red Devils will find out four days later on 26 August who they will meet in the opening phase of the new Champions League campaign.