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Ex-Chelsea forward says Manchester United fans should be ‘optimistic’ with Ole at the wheel

Former Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino says that Manchester United fans have every right to be full of optimism for the 2019/20 season with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in charge of the club.

The Norwegian tasted his first domestic defeat in charge of Manchester United on Sunday, slipping to a 2-0 defeat to Arsenal at the Emirates to see them fall out of the Premier League‘s top four.

However, if it weren’t for some good goalkeeping and some squandered chances, it could have been quite a different story indeed, and Cascarino reckons that they should have no problem finishing in the top four next season

“Manchester United were so adventurous and full of energy against Arsenal that it is almost irrelevant that they were beaten at the Emirates,” Cascarino told The Times.

“There is something special in the way that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has them playing.

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“There were mistakes, they were wasteful in front of goal and Romelu Lukaku missed a golden chance but the past two or three months have been extraordinary and this performance was part of something much bigger.

“They will be a force next year.

“I’m not saying that they will definitely challenge for the title because that is a major ask, but they should be safely in the top four.

“They need additions but with Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford, the more they play together, the more that they are going to scare the lives out of teams. If I were a United fan, I would be optimistic.

“It is worth considering, too, that a lot of clubs are having financial issues, which United don’t have.

“That has been one of their strongest weapons for the past few years and now with Solskjaer, they have a style that is going to be attractive to the top players.”

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