Tuesday 20 August 2019

'Work towards that dream' - Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits it will take a long time for Man United to return to the top

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is confident United will be able to attract big names in the transfer market (Martin Rickett/PA)
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is confident United will be able to attract big names in the transfer market (Martin Rickett/PA)
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has admitted it could take several years for Manchester United to return to the top of the Premier League.

United have fallen a long way off the pace being set by Manchester City and Liverpool at the top of the table, with Solskjaer offering up an honest assessment of how long it may take for his club to return to title winning form.

Confirming he is in regular contact with United's owners Ed and Joel Glazer, his comments put into perspective the scale of task facing him at Old Trafford.

"I've had regular meetings with Ed, I've seen Joel and the owners and they are very realistic on where we are and what we want to get to and how long that will take," said Solskjaer.

"You don't suddenly catch 27 points in one season, you've got to take it gradually. Hopefully we can produce better performances and they can produce worse and we'll get closer. But 27 points to bridge? It's not realistic.

"Of course you're an optimist but I don't think that's realistic, because the two teams now at the top of the table, they are far ahead of the chasing pack.

"In my meetings they understand and they are realistic over where we're at. It's not just this season. True, last season we finished second but the last seasons after Sir Alex, we know where we are more or less at and it's not good enough."

Solskjaer went on to claim changing the make-up of his dressing room with be a gradual process, as he urged his current players to confirm they are fit to wear the United jersey in the final two games of the Premier League season.

"It's not possible, feasible to change 10 players, you've got be clever as well," he added. "It's not just being ruthless, you've got to make the right decisions and act accordingly to where we're at. We've got to take this step-by-step."

"You have to perform at Man United and to perform you've got to really work towards that dream and that's what we're doing every day as a staff.

"I'm so impressed with everyone – the coaches, the ones they really care about this and you want to see players caring, you want to see them saying: 'This is my dream, I'm going to do whatever it takes.'

"That's probably what they started off when they were young kids – they want to play at big clubs, they want to win trophies. And when you have that desire, drive inside yourself, you'll be successful at a club like this."

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