Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists his optimism is ‘justified’ with his Manchester United side ‘becoming more consistent’ and ‘heading in the right direction’ this season.
Manchester United have enjoyed a strong run of form over the festive period and are unbeaten in their past nine Premier League fixtures, winning seven times during that run to move within three points of league leaders Liverpool with a game in hand.
Marcus Rashford’s stoppage-time winner secured a 1-0 win over Wolves on Tuesday to continue the club’s recent momentum, with Solskjaer admitting post-match that his side now have a ‘belief’ that they ‘can win against anyone’.
After an indifferent start to the campaign United’s fine form of recent weeks has raised cautious optimism over a potential title challenge this season, with a competitive top half seeing just seven points separate Southampton in ninth and Liverpool at the top.
Solskjaer has been pleased with his side’s development and believes their recent performances justify his optimism regarding their prospects, believing the Red Devils have become more consistent in their style of play.
“We have built some solid foundations in our game,” Solskjaer writes in Manchester United’s matchday programme, United Review.
“I’ve been very happy to see us becoming more consistent in the way we want to play and press both on the ball and off the ball. I think there is a clear development in the squad this season.
“There is a mutual trust throughout the club and it has been enjoyable to watch the boys evolve as a collective.
“We are definitely heading in the right direction and I feel justified in my optimism for the future.”
United return to Premier League action when they host in-form Aston Villa at Old Trafford tomorrow evening, before a Carabao Cup semi-final with Manchester City in midweek.