With the addition of Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane, the Red Devils could prove to be a serious title threat this season, according to their manager
Believing Manchester United to be among the top contenders for the Premier League crown this season, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says his side can triumph with “maximum effort and maximum sacrifice”.
United are one of several contenders for silver ware after coming agonizingly close to their first Norwegian tenure trophies last season with a second place finish in the first division and a penalty heartbreak in the Europa League final.
However, with the expected reinforcement of Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane at Old Trafford, the Red Devils have improved their roster and Solskjaer doesn’t see why they can’t end their drought for good.
What was said
“I’d rather be an optimist and wrong than a pessimist and be right,” said Solskjaer. “Of course these guys can [win the title], with maximum effort and maximum sacrifice.
“It feels like this season is one of the strongest Premier League seasons. It was nice [Manchester] City and Liverpool have been fighting each other for a while, but we and Chelsea have invested well and should see each other as potential challengers. “
The Norwegian also emphasized the importance of a good start to the new campaign and borrowed a sentence from his city rival Pep Guardiola: “[He] said ‘You can’t win the league in the first eight games but you can lose your chance to win’ and that happened to us last season. “
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After United narrowly succeeded in the Europa League final against Villarreal and narrowed the gap to City in the title hunt last season, United will start the new season full of confidence.
Though they will be forced to fight without some key stars like Marcus Rashford, who is recovering from an injury after compulsory Euro 2020 with England, the arrival of Sancho and Varane signals their intention to challenge their city rivals for supremacy.
City itself is also planning a big spending window after hiring Jack Grealish for a record UK transfer fee, but Solskjaer will still feel he has the tools to go even further this time around.
The bigger picture
United will begin their new campaign with a visit to old rival Leeds United on August 14, with the two teams facing each other in front of fans for the first time since the Whites rose to the Premier League.
A trip to Southampton follows on August 22nd, during which the Red Devils four days later, on August 26th.