A bright light seemed to be shining out of Old Trafford at the close of the transfer window. The arrival of some big names this summer had given the Red Devils, led by Ole, the strength they needed to actually challenge for the premier league title.
Jadon Sancho finally completed a much-anticipated move from Borrusia Dortmund which seemed to be over a year due. Raphael Varane surprised the football universe by saying goodbye to the city of Madrid where he won so many titles, the French center-back signed for Manchester United this summer to help boost the defensive options in the squad and last but definitely not least the great man Cristiano Ronaldo said his goodbyes to the Juventus and made a surprise return to the club where he became a global icon.
The highest goal scorer in Men’s International football history returned to Manchester United, and the move was seen as the icing on the already sweet cake for Manchester United fans. With the addition of Cristiano, it was expected that titles would soon return to Old Trafford.
Ole Gunner Soljkaer is still the man tasked with the job of returning the Red Devils to their glory days and it’s hard to argue against the improvement under the guidance of the Norwegian coach. He finished third in the Premier League in his first full season on the job, he also managed a Europa league semi-final and FA Cup semi-final loss to the eventual champions of both competitions.
Last season he went a step further finishing in second place on the table and also managed a place in the Europa League final, losing to Villareal on penalties.
While those may seem like good achievements for most teams
like Arsenal but definitely not Manchester United who are the self-acclaimed biggest club in England. The biggest club in England should be fighting for the Uefa Champions League title a competition they have not won since 2008, they should be firmly in the conversation for the EPL title, which they haven’t won since 2013.
When you consider the managers currently at the helm of other top Premier League clubs, from Pep Guardiola who is seen as one of the greatest club managers of all time and has won the premier league three times in 5 seasons with Manchester City, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp who was a success with Dortmund, winning the league in back to back seasons and also reaching the Champions League final with the German club and has also lifted both the Premier League and Champions League trophies with The Reds to Chelsea’s Thomas Tuchel, another German tactician who had helped PSG reach the final of the Champions League in 2020 before moving to Chelsea midseason and turning their season around culminating in a Champions League trophy for The Blues, it becomes quite obvious that Ole has been punching above his weight in the premier league keeping up with some of the best in the business, and therein lies the problem.
With all of Manchester United’s direct rivals bringing in top coaches who have proven track records, it has been painful for United fans to watch Ole get within touching distance of a title time and again without being able to lay a finger on any in what can be described as “near success” syndrome.
Although Old Trafford has been nicknamed the “Theater of Dreams”, time seems to be running out for Ole’s dreams to lift major trophies with the club. Last season Chelsea made a very bold decision that saw them sack arguably the greatest player in the Club’s long history, Frank Lampard who had done reasonably well in his first season, and hire a proven manager who guided them to their first Champions League triumph since 2012.
Ole’s inexperience has shown in United’s most important games over the last two seasons. He’s made funny substitutions in European cup games which led to the team being knocked out of the UCL in the group stage and losing the UEL final as well. His United team has dropped points against teams in the lower parts of the table at important stages in the season, and sometimes it doesn’t seem like the Norwegian Manager can hold his own against the likes of Pep, Tuchel, and Kloop on a consistent basis.
The board seems to have faith in him as do a lot of fans do but if united fail to lift a trophy or even start to look like they won’t be winning anything this season with the array of stars In their squad, then the Norwegian manager has to be shown the door out of old Trafford.
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