Can Ole’s Manchester United Be a Major Force in European Football?
Manchester United have been struggling to match sir Alex Ferguson’s era for almost a decade now. Even if we leave the trophies out of the discussion, it has been a dreadful period for the team’s fans from all over the globe. The game just suddenly looked so different, as if proper football had never previously been played at Old Trafford.
Since Ferguson’s departure (May 2013), the Red Devils have only won three trophies. They claimed the FA Cup title in the 2015/16 campaign, and the Europa League & EFL Cup silverware the following season. It’s only three trophies in seven years. Additionally, United have not been anywhere near the battle for the Premier League trophy along the way.
Bruno Fernandes is the key
The arrival of one Portuguese player seems to have shifted the entire team’s fortunes around. Bruno Fernandes signed a five-year deal with the Red Devils on January 30th, 2020, and has made an amazing impact at Old Trafford since. The former Sporting Lisbon midfielder immediately contributed to as many as 15 goals in 14 appearances in the second half of the 2019/20 season, as reported by BettingTips4You.Com. He scored 8 goals and provided 7 assists along the way.
Bruno established himself as a genuine leader of the team right at the start of the 2020/21 season. He notched as many as 16 goals and provided 10 assists in the first 28 rounds of the Premier League. A solid portion of these goals indeed came from the penalty spot, but it is not all about the goals. It is rather about the energy he possesses. He has the winning mentality. He never gives up. His mental strength and the hunger for victories have saved Manchester United from defeats on numerous occasions so far in the season. This is why Bruno has quickly become an inevitable part of this Manchester United generation.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has to get credits as well
The Norwegian manager arrived at Old Trafford in a very tough moment for Manchester United. However, the lack of imperative and the presence of Bruno Fernandes in an already talented squad helped him create a new Manchester United. This team is now capable of beating any opposition in the world on their day. They could have never come to this stage without proper stewardship and that’s where we have to give credits to the former attacker. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is a fantastic solution for the long-term project and we firmly believe that he can guide the Red Devils to new heights in the next couple of years.
Erling Haaland and Kalidou Koulibaly
If we start thinking about how this Manchester United team can improve, two standout names will instantly come across our minds. Could you possibly imagine the Red Devils with Erling Haaland leading the line and Kalidou Koulibaly taking the primary spot at the centre-back? Do not get us wrong, Edinson Cavani and Anthony Martial provide a decent range of options up front, while Harry Maguire is one of the best defenders in England despite all his faults.
However, the arrival of Erling Haaland would make Man United’s attacking line super-lethal. Ole can leave Cavani on the bench and save him as a joker at this stage of his career. Martial could potentially leave to free up some funds for the phenomenal Norwegian forward. Now, if you have Haaland up front & Rashford and Fernandes behind him, you are talking about elite and peculiar talent there. Such an attacking line-up could have hardly been matched by any European team.
While the fans can still only dream of Haaland (never say never, though), the arrival of Koulibaly is much more realistic. Napoli will have to give up on their centre back at half the price they asked earlier (€100 million) this summer, and Manchester United are the main favourites to sign him. There are no doubts that his arrival would create one of the best centre-back partnerships out there as Koulibaly would certainly make Harry Maguire much better.
Is it time to attack the Premier League title in the 2021/22 season?
Solskjaer has a strong selection in midfield with the likes of Paul Pogba, Fred, Scott McTominay, Nemanja Matic, and Donny van de Beek. To be fair, we are surprised to see the shortage of minutes the Dutch midfielder received this season. If Ole finds a way to get him into the starting line-up without hurting the chemistry, Manchester United would be much more dangerous.
With more than enough talent in their ranks and a true leader in the like of Bruno Fernandes, Manchester United are finally capable of performing at the very biggest stage. We can’t wait to see them getting involved in the battle for the most important trophies in the Premier League and the UEFA Champions League next season.