Ole Gunnar Solskjaer calls for patience from Man United fans

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits it will take a few years for Man United to return to the top of English football

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Photo: Sky Sports)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has admitted that it will take a few years for Manchester United to return to the top of English football – but he insists that the foundations are being built.

The Red Devils appointed Solskjaer as their new permanent manager back in March after he was initially brought in to replace Jose Mourinho on an interim basis.

Solskjaer brought in Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Daniel James and Harry Maguire in the summer transfer window, and the Red Devils have also recently tied David De Gea down to a new contract at Old Trafford.

The Norwegian head coach admits that it will take some time for the Red Devils to make it back to the top, but he feels that the club are doing the right things to gradually improve their position.

Speaking in an interview with Sky Sports, Solskjaer said: “David de Gea has been unbelievable for us in the years he has been here.

“We signed Harry Maguire in the summer, a massive signing. Victor Lindelof signed a new contract.

“Aaron Wan-Bissaka is young and up-and-coming. Luke Shaw is young. Axel Tuanzebe is young – we have something to build on there. The foundations are being built from the back.

“We know we haven’t created enough going forward but when we have David in goal sometimes 1-0 is enough for us.

“I want to be a part of us going back to where we used to be, but of course the Premier League is now a different animal. Manchester City and Liverpool last season were fantastic and we are in the starting phase of a new team.

“Many players have been and gone and now there is some youngsters coming in. We are one or two players light at the moment because of injuries but that’s an opportunity for the kids to play and to see if I can get the best out of them.”

Manchester United are in League Cup action on Wednesday night when they host Rochdale at Old Trafford.

The Red Devils will then turn their attentions towards preparing for their crunch showdown with top-four rivals Arsenal at Old Trafford on Monday 30 September.

Manchester United are aiming to break back into the top four after having finished sixth and without a trophy last term.

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