Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is hopeful his side can help break the dominance of Liverpool and Manchester City in the Premier League this season.
United currently sit in the bottom half of the Premier League ahead of this weekend’s clash with Arsenal after taking seven points from their opening five league fixtures, though an unpredictable and open start has already seen every team in the division defeated.
Liverpool and Manchester City have dominated the Premier League over the past two seasons and have shattered several records on their way to success, but both teams have endured mixed fortunes in the opening weeks of the campaign.
United – alongside this weekend’s opponents Arsenal – are amongst the clubs to have strengthened this summer with ambitions of closing the gap, and Solskjaer is hopeful his side can challenge the top two this season.
“So many clubs have developed strength in depth and ability to challenge for trophies,” Solskjaer told his pre-match press conference.
”The top two have run away with it in the last two seasons but this year a lot of us would hope to put up a challenge.”
Solskjaer’s own playing career saw the Red Devils largely dominate the opening two decades of the Premier League, with Sir Alex Ferguson’s all-conquering side challenged by the likes of Arsenal and Chelsea.
The Norwegian believes this season’s Premier League could prove ‘more exciting’ with different challengers for silverware emerging, admitting ‘anything can happen’ following the shocks and surprises of the opening weeks.
“Back then [when Solskjaer played] it was Arsenal, then Chelsea. Now it’s more exciting and interesting for the fans.
”Anything can happen, as this season has shown. We’re taking it one game at a time.”