Manchester United may be close to Liverpool and City on the map but are worlds away in terms of football. What can Solskjaer do pre-season to close the gap on his rivals?
Ole Gunnar Solskaer is in the midst of rebuilding his Manchester United squad, despite the lack of support and enthusiasm from his board.
As opposed to City and Liverpool who merely need minor tweaks to their squad, Manchester United need an ultimate glow up; a complete overhaul.
In terms of preparing for the new season, the majority of Solskjaer’s tasks will involve transfers, amongst other things.
Here are 3 things Solskjaer can do to prepare his team for success next season…
Get the players
Manchester United successfully replaced Valencia and Young by bringing in England’s most promising full-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka. However, the shambolic defence needs a world-class centre-back in order to compete for top four, the likes of Magure and Koulibaly should have whatever they need thrown at them to get them into Manchester United’s suave new strip.
Manchester United also need to apprehensively replace want-away players such as Pogba and Lukaku, therefore two further world-class players are needed to plug the holes that will inevitably appear.
Solskjaer mentioned being ‘ruthless’ in conferences towards the end of the 18/19 campaign, yet disappointing players such as Ashley Young, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Nemanja Matic, Jesse Lingard etc were constantly being played despite a dramatic lack of form.
The term ‘deadwood’ has been thrown around the club by fans over the past season, and it’s time Solskjaer set aside his friendship with players and looked at what is best for his team.
One more preparation season
Man Utd fans are very restless and impatient with the performance of their team since the departure of Sir Alex, they have gone six years without a Premier League title. Next season should be a season where Solskjaer can establish his squad and secure a top 4 finish before applying further amendments to the squad in order to fight for the title the season after.