Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is demanding a quick start from Manchester United to the Premier League season as he warns his players: ‘You can’t win the league in your first seven games, but you can lose it’ – after poor early form last year the title hope derailed
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has called for a good start for Manchester United
- United lost three of their first six games in the Premier League last season
- Solskjaer’s side will start the new campaign at home against Leeds on August 14
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has urged Manchester United to start the Premier League season strong as they want a repeat of last year.
United lost three of their first six games last season, including an opening day defeat to Crystal Palace, and Solskjaer is aware his team can afford a slow start this time around.
Having started pre-season preparation with a 2-1 win against Derby County, Solskjaer indicated he will focus on calling out strong formations in the remaining friendlies ahead of the first league game at home to Leeds on 14 August.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has urged Manchester United to make a quick start to the league season
Solskjaer told the clubs official website: ‘There will probably be less and less for the children – that’s just the way it goes. We have to start better than last season. We didn’t start well at all and now it’s the first under the belt.
‘I think the Premier League is more competitive’ [than it used to be]. We had [when I was a player] maybe one competitor per season, so naturally, the first six or seven games, it’s very important to stay there. You don’t win the league in the first six or seven games, but you can lose the chance to win the league.”
United finished second last season, but were 12 points behind champions and rivals Manchester City.
United were defeated by Crystal Palace in the first game of last season and had a rocky start
MANCHESTER UNITED’S FIRST SEVEN LEAGUE GAMES
August 14 – Leeds (home)
August 22 – Southampton (away)
August 29 – Wolves (out)
September 11 – Newcastle (home)
September 19 – West Ham (out)
September 25 – Aston Villa (home)
October 2 – Everton (home)
Solskjaer will be fully aware that the 2019-20 champions Liverpool will be determined to respond next season, while Champions League holders Chelsea will also pose a threat.
The signing of Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho for £73 million, set to close shortly, should boost United’s hopes for success as they continue in their quest for the title for the first time since Sir Alex Ferguson’s last season in charge had -13 in 2012.
Defensive reinforcements are also needed, with United looking to be more resilient at the rear.
The arrival of Jadon Sancho, who will transfer from Borussia Dortmund, will give United a boost
After taking on Leeds, Solskjaer’s team will face trips to beat Southampton and Wolves for the games against Newcastle (home), West Ham (away) and Aston Villa (home).
While none of those games can be described as easy, United have an inviting opportunity to build up some momentum before taking on Leicester, Liverpool, Tottenham, Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal in October and November.