Manchester United are now more “robust” after a slow start to the 2019-20 campaign, says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who thinks the Red Devils have been been the “third best team” in the Premier League for a “long spell”.
United kicked off their latest season with a thrilling 4-0 home win over Chelsea, following a summer overhaul which saw a number of ins and outs at Old Trafford.
The performance served to raise levels of optimism among supporters expecting Solskjaer to bring back the glory days of Sir Alex Ferguson’s reign, but it proved to be a false dawn.
A win or a draw against fellow top-four hopefuls Leicester will see United return to Europe’s elite competition, and the Norwegian boss is pleased with the progress his side have made.
“It would be a good boost and a nice boost for the team to finish third,” Solskjaer told Sky Sports. “I know since October, after that international break, we’ve had the third-most points in the league.
“For a long, long spell now we’ve been the third-best team, we just, in the start of the season, we were too inconsistent. Now we have got more consistency, more fitness levels, we’re more robust.
“And of course we want to be in amongst the elite in Europe and play in the Champions League but the old Winston Churchill quote is, ‘success isn’t final, failure isn’t fatal – then what you need is the courage to continue’.
“That’s what we’re going to do with this team, we continue. We carry on developing the team, improving and knowing that this is not the end of the journey for the team, this is just one other stepping stone in our development.”
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