Talk of a title challenge is premature but — looking at the table right now and noting that we’ve got a game in hand over most teams — it would be daft to completely write off our chances.
I don’t think we’ll be league champions this season but I expect us to be up there competing. Last season we were the best of the rest, finishing third behind Liverpool and Man City, and there’s no reason why we can’t do better this term.
The team will be focused on the UEFA Champions League with PSG coming to Old Trafford tomorrow night, but they are also on the verge of qualifying for the knockout stages. This seems bizarre considering how much talk there was about Solskjaer getting the axe not long ago.
Everyone is desperate to see United fail, desperate to see one of our own fail at his dream job…
Speaking to the press this afternoon, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was asked about a title challenge this season.
He said (via Manchester Evening News): “You lose the chance to win or lose the title in the first eight to 10 games if you don’t keep up with the pack. But we don’t win it in those games.
“We’ve recuperated and we’re just behind the top teams at the moment, but we want to be there in April or May. Now is the time to improve and develop and if we can keep up there, then great.
“Now our focus is on the Champions League and we want to win our group.
“We can talk as much as we like and give players belief, that belief in their performances and what we do day-in, day-out, like Donny next to me has the attitude of ‘every day is important’.
“I feel my squad is ready to do better than last season. Last season we were the best of the rest so let’s see if we can move up the table.”
But once the fans are back at Old Trafford you will hear them rally behind Solskjaer and the team.
Hopefully we’ll be in a stronger league position and already qualified for the next phase of the Champions League.