Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed that he has the board’s ‘backing’ to help turn Manchester United into a ‘very successful’ side once more.
After several years of sailing in turbulent waters since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement almost eight years ago, Solksjaer has somewhat steadied the ship at Old Trafford, albeit without adding any silverware to the club’s sizeable trophy cabinet.
The Norwegian – largely bolstered by the addition of Bruno Fernandes last January – helped the club back into the top four last season, and their progression has continued into the current campaign with Manchester United currently the nearest challengers to Man City, although they are 10 points adrift of the league leaders.
United also stumbled at fell at the semi-final stage of the League Cup, FA Cup and Europa League, an indication that his side perhaps are still lacking in quality and winning mentality.
However, speaking ahead of Sunday’s game against Newcastle, Solskjaer insists that he and his team have a vision of how to get Man Utd back to the top of the game, saying he has the ‘backing’ of the club as he looks to make Old Trafford a desirable destination for ‘top players’ once more.
“We’ve got a plan to become a very successful Man United team – and a team that top players want to play for,” said Solskjaer at his pre-match press conference
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“It’s down to us to keep improving and getting closer to the trophies. I can’t say anything about individuals. But we’ve got the backing.
“The owners keep backing the club and myself and hopefully we can improve the team.
“We are getting better, but we need to do better than last year when we got to three semi-finals. The next stage is to get into finals and establish ourselves again as challengers in the league.
“I talk to Ed [Woodward] all the time and I know we will keep on discussing the progress of the team.”
As is often the case with United, they have been linked with a number of high-profile players in recent months, with Erling Haaland, Jadon Sancho and a whole host of centre-backs said to be on the club’s transfer radar.