Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Admits United Rebuild Will Be a Long One


Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits that it’s going to be a long road back to relevance for his side. He even used the old expression “Rome wasn’t built in a day” to describe the current condition and overall outlook on his club.

Yes, United were certainly an imperial level power in the days of Sir Alex Ferguson, but nowadays they’re a tribute-paying city state. United are off to a rough start this season. You can take your pick of the extremely unimpressive results: West Ham United, Crystal Palace, Southampton, FC Astana, Rochdale.

While yes, a rebuild is going to take time, it remains to be seen if Solskjaer will be the guy leading the turnaround.

Given how poor they have been this season, one has to wonder how much more time the Norwegian will be given.

As for now, he’s saying all the right things.

“It’s not like the situation we had last year,” Solskjaer said to Sky Sports.

“There’s no lack of desire there. For us it’s about building a new culture, building a new team, bringing everybody together. Is it the job I expected? Yes. I never said this was going to be a quick-fix job. It’s step after step after step.”

“Of course, we’ve hit a few bumps in the road, I never said this was going to be a quick-fix job. Rome wasn’t built in a day. We need time, and the attitude of the boys has been great. [We must] keep working on improving the understanding and relationships between all players, and the style we want to play.”

Arsenal at Manchester United FYIs

Google’s result probability: 40% United win, 27% draw, 33% Gunners victory

Odds via Betway: United win at 11/8, draw 12/5, Arsenal win 19/10

Team news: Arsenal    Manchester United

Starting XI predictions: United   Arsenal

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