Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this morning spoke out over his plans for this summer’s transfer window, warning his squad that the club are ready to be ‘ruthless’ to reestablish themselves as Premier League title contenders.
Solskjaer turns things around
Former United hitman Solskjaer was the man chosen to replace Jose Mourinho on the bench at Old Trafford late in December.
And the Norwegian subsequently went on to enjoy an absolutely superb start to life back in Manchester.
Solskjaer’s first 18 outings as United boss saw the club notch 14 wins, with the negative, defensive brand of football long-showcased by the Premier League giants under Mourinho having been replaced by a fast-paced, attractive style under the guidance of their new boss.
– 11 Games
– 10 Wins
– 25 Points (in 9 games – Mourinho 26 points all season)
– 28 goals scored
– Only 7 goals conceded
– 5 clean sheets
– Equal best start to Premier League management.
– Best EVER start for a United manager.
Ole Gunnar Solskjær
— Man Utd Empire (@Empire_Mu) February 9, 2019
Along with steering United firmly back into the hunt for a top-4 spot in the Premier League, Solskjaer has also overseen the club’s passage to the quarter-finals of the Champions League, courtesy of a historic 2nd-leg comeback at French champions PSG last month.
United’s recent struggles
The weeks since their momentous victory in Paris, however, have seen the Red Devils, and Solskjaer, brought firmly back down to earth.
United’s last 5 outings across all competitions have seen the club fall to 4 defeats.
The latest of these came on Wednesday night, when the Manchester giants were put to the sword by Barcelona at Old Trafford.
2005 – Manchester United have failed to have a shot on target in a Champions League game for the first time since March 2005, in a 0-1 defeat at AC Milan. Timid. #MUNBAR
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) April 10, 2019
‘Will be tough decisions made’
As such, on the back of his side’s recent dip in form, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was this morning questioned on his plans for the upcoming summer transfer window.
And the Norwegian tactician was in no mood for mincing words with his response, firing a warning to his current squad, affirming that the club are ready to be ‘ruthless’ on the personnel front ahead of next season:
‘I’m under no illusions that this is not going to be plain sailing, it’s going to be hard.’
‘It’s going to be survival of the fittest or survival of the best. That’s how ruthless we have to be. We need players here who are going to be able to take us forward.’
‘That means culture in the dressing room and what we do every single day here to make us challenge again.’
‘Liverpool and City are too far ahead at the moment for what we like. We played against a Barcelona team that sets the standard in European football.’
‘We’re under no illusion it’s going to be hard work and there will be some tough decisions made by me, Mike [Phelan] and the club.’
‘We have a certain standard here. We got a great boost, now it’s more challenging times with the results and performances.’
‘You want to see players step up and say now, ‘I want to be part of this.”