Ole Gunnar Solskjaer announced permanent manager but where does he need to strengthen
Manchester United have finally announced the appointment of interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as the permanent manager but what challenges and where does he need to strengthen to mount a serious challenge next season.
The now permanent manager has been handed the reigns at Manchester United with Solskjaer having won 14 of his 19 games in charge, closing the gap on a top-four finish and overturning PSG away win for United to qualify for the quarter-finals of the Champions League against Barcelona.
Solskjaer on the appointment as Manchester United boss
Speaking the club channel MUTV
‘It’s truly an honour. I’ve spoken about it for the last few months that this is the dream job for any football-interested man, especially anyone that’s been involved with Manchester United. I’ve been given an opportunity to move the club forward, and with all the potential there is, it’s fantastic.’ Solskjaer was quoted by Dailymail.
However, the player was quick to reveal that summer plans are already underway to improve the side and the Norway manager said:
‘Yeah, but I’m looking forward to it. If you don’t look forward to working for this club then that’s wrong. I can’t wait. We’ve spoken about it before but I’ve prepared more or less my adult life, ever since my injury, to be a manager somewhere. I’ve always been stupid or naive or daft enough to dream about this job.’
So what areas will the Red Devils need to boost?
Former manager Jose Mourinho clearly stated that he wanted to revamp the back line of United which ultimately leads to his falling out with the board with the central position most urgent with Solskjaer bringing some confidence to the players but only a short term fix.
Eric Bailly defensive capabilities are marked with occasional errors with Phil Jones momentary lapse judgement with Victor Lindelof and Chris Smalling requiring a Virgil Van Dijk type of leader in the central defence.
The right-back position has also been needing reinforcements with Ashley Young on the wrong side of thirty and isn’t a naturalised fullback and Diego Dalot yet to show consistency and have been linked with Crystal Palace defender Wan Bissaka who would solve the position for the long-term.
Nemanja Matic isn’t the youngest and his position will require some input for Solskjaer to progress with Ander Herrera contract situaion up in the air on a renewal will put the squad in a stretch. Also the failed signig of Shaktar Donestk midfielder Fred will need bolstering as he gets up to speed with the premier league.
West Ham Declan Rice is mooted a potential swoop but will also not come cheap but his added strenghts and long term outlook will secure a much desired defensive midfielder with versitility to play in defense.
The attack for Solkjaer though strong has been lackig on the right wing and the gaffer will need to boost that area of the pitch with Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford happy to play more centrally in attacking midfield position and attack respectively.
Talk of a move for Jadon Sancho seems plausible based on Dortmund’s business model of buying and selling as seen with Ousmane Dembele but would also demand a huge transfer fee for the move to materilise.