Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has attributed ‘mental tiredness’ to the club’s shocking end to last campaign.
Solskjaer oversaw stunning victories over Arsenal, Tottenham, Chelsea, and most notably Paris Saint-Germain in his early reign at Old Trafford after being appointed interim boss following the sacking of Jose Mourinho.
However, after being announced full-time manager, players performances seemed to dip and the Reds squandered a fantastic chance to reach Champions League qualification after it had previously looked out of the equation just weeks earlier.
United failed to win any of their last five games of the league campaign, losing to Solskjaer’s old club Cardiff at Old Trafford on the final day as the season ended in a whimper.
“I know how fine the margins are in football and how easily things can go from good to bad. It’s a mental game, it’s all in the head,” Solskjaer told TalkSport, discussing last campaign
“We didn’t handle the ups and the downs well enough, we know that. That would be down to mental tiredness because it was a draining season for everyone. But we’ll be better this year.”
No such excuses can be made this time out and Solskjaer’s side have got a successful pre-season under their belts.
It is imperative the Reds get back into the Champions League this season, but the squad must be strengthened with at least two additions, just a week to go until the transfer window shuts in order to give the Norwegian the best possible chance of success.
United face AC Milan in Cardiff tomorrow before the opening Premier League game against Chelsea next Sunday.