Given their current run of form, it’s hard to remember just how under fire Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer once was. In a recent message to the United owners, Solskjaer has acknowledged the faith they’ve shown in him.
Arguably, the Norwegian came closest to getting the boot after United’s 2-0 defeat to mid-table Burnley back in December 2019. Fast forward seven months and that game seems nothing more than a distance memory.
Since those embarrassing three dropped points, Solskjaer has guided his side to 17 games unbeaten in all competitions with the Red’s latest victory coming against relegation threatened Aston Villa in a 3-0 thumping.
Despite United’s recent upturn in form it cannot be underestimated just how close the United faithful came to seeing yet another change in the dug-out.
However, much to our relief, decisions to relieve Solskjaer of his managerial duties on an executive level were postponed and instead, patience was executed.
In a recent interview with Sky Sports, Solskjaer has paid tribute to the faith the United board have shown in him, he said: “We went through some difficult spells, especially around that time in October, and the club have been very good with us, they’ve kept in touch with us and have seen and known what we’re doing, and they’ve believed in what we’re doing.
“We were allowed to keep making the decisions without thinking about what could have been. They knew our ambition, what we want here, the environment we want here, which will then be the foundation for moving up the table.”
Solskjaer will now be looking to guide his side to a Champions League qualification as the Red’s chances of a top-four finish have been amplified after seeing direct contenders Chelsea drop points yesterday.
Speaking on United’s ambitions, Solskjaer said: “We haven’t won any trophies. But success going forward is to keep improving the team, keep developing, because it is not the destination that is the measure of success, really, it is what we do,” he said.
“With results, you can’t always say that life is fair, because it isn’t. Sometimes you don’t get the result you deserve in football, but if we keep doing the right things, improving every single day, then we will end up hopefully as a successful Manchester United team.”