Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Sure Of Extending Manchester United’s Unbeaten Run

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Manchester United Coach

Manchester United can extend their unbeaten run to 17 games if they avoid defeat in tonight’s game against Aston Villa.  

They are unbeaten in 20 away games at Villa since losing 3-1 there on the opening day of the 1995-96 season.

It is the longest unbeaten away run by one team against another in top-flight history.

“You can’t talk about success when, first of all, it’s only 16 games unbeaten. We had the tough spell in January, we’re fifth in the league so you can’t talk success,” Solskjaer said during an interview .

“Yes, we’re in the semi-finals of the FA Cup and hopefully we’ll proceed through the quarter-finals in the Europa League, so it’s exciting times, but it’s nowhere near being success yet.”

Solskjaer speaks passionately but there is a steel to him too. It is no surprise his players emerged from lockdown fitter, stronger and faster. He had made it clear what he wanted from them in the weeks he could not keep an eye on them at Carrington.

“You’re at the biggest club in the world, you have a responsibility, you have a privilege of keeping fit and if you don’t have the discipline over two or three months to look after yourself, that’s when I open the door and say ‘find yourself somewhere else’, He added.

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Last week, Nemanja Matic spoke about regaining Solskjaer’s trust and enjoying being one of his soldiers again. The Serb is a prime example of the new spirit sweeping through Manchester United, when he feared earlier in the season he was heading for the exit door. Now he has got a new three-year deal and his manager has a long-term plan for a midfielder he believes is getting better and better.

Part of Matic’s role long-term will be to aid the development of younger players at the club, such as Scott McTominay, but right now he is providing the solid foundations in midfield to allow the likes of Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes to flourish.

The transfer window this summer is still uncertain due to COVID-19, but Solskjaer is set on making adding to the squad rather than making huge changes.

Eight years ago Solskjaer turned down the manager’s job at Aston Villa because it was not right for his family, opting to remain in Norway.

What he is creating at Manchester United has the feeling of a home from home for the Norwegian, who has not been afraid of change nor the challenges which come with it.

His next task is to get his players to come up with an end-of-season charge that even he might consider a success.


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