The Red Devils will attack strongly in 2021, culminating in a trip to Liverpool, leader of the Premier League.
Times change, and the rooms change sides. It took 30 years for Liverpool to finally win the Premier League, and stop being the butt of derision in Britain. Particularly from the supporters of its great rival, Manchester United, crowned 13 times English champion between 1993 and 2013. Today, the roles are reversed. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, returning to the club as coach, wants to return their former glory to the Red Devils. This goes through a full-bodied January 2021, which will not begin until after the reception of Wolverhampton on Tuesday (9 p.m.).
Solskjaer put on an optimistic face at a press conference ahead of the Wolves game, underlining the “confidence” brought by the overwhelming victory at Old Trafford a week earlier against Leeds (6-2). “We are more and more consistent in the way we want to play, with and without the ball,” Solskjaer said. The central hinge still has its worries, and the competition between David de Gea and Dean Henderson does not result in any reassuring performance from either goaltender. But the left side, Luke Shaw, continues the (good) matches again. The midfield has regained color, starting with Paul Pogba, whose inspirations at the start of the actions revitalize Manchester. Scott McTominay, still irregular, signed a surprising double against Leeds, and the Brazilian Fred remains invaluable in the Mancunian pressing and the depression at the heart of the game.
4 years without a trophy, an eternity at Manchester United
Finally, Solskjaer can more than ever count on Edinson Cavani, who had almost single-handedly overthrew Southampton at the end of November (3-2). Since then, the Uruguayan has unlocked the quarter-final of the League Cup against Everton with a nice goal on December 23 (2-0) then was decisive passer in Leicester three days later (2-2). “I had no doubt he would live up to number 7,” said Solskjaer of a jersey Cavani absolutely wanted to wear, following in the footsteps of David Beckham, Eric Cantona and Cristiano Ronaldo. The former PSG scorer will be precious in a month of January filled with major meetings.
21 hours after the start of 2021, Manchester United will host Aston Villa, struggling for retention last season but who are virtually 2nd in the Premier League by winning their two late matches. Then there will be Manchester City on January 6, in the semi-final of the League Cup, three days before the 32nd of the FA Cup against Watford. These aren’t priority goals, but Manchester haven’t gleaned trophies since 2016-17. An unprecedented slump since the late 1980s, when Sir Alex Ferguson set foot at Old Trafford. Once these choppy matches are tackled, the Red Devils will move to Anfield, where their title hopes can swell … or crumble. By winning their game late, Manchester United would be only two points behind Liverpool, and could therefore become leader by winning at the Reds.
“It’s good to be disappointed, commented Bruno Fernandes last Saturday, after the draw at Leicester, 3rd in the standings. I was very happy to see everyone disappointed in the locker room. That’s good because you create a winning mentality. ” It is necessary to be strong and rigorous mentally to join in the race for the title, and not to lower your guard on January 30 at an Arsenal in crisis. Then spring will come, and its round of 16 in the Europa League where Real Sociedad, on the podium in La Liga, awaits the Red Devils. “It has been a strange year,” said Solskjaer. The year 2021 will be no less. But it can also be beautiful for Manchester United.