Ole Gunnar Solskjaer heads into his first full season as Manchester United manager after taking over the job in middle of the last campaign but it appears United supporters are still to be convinced.
There might be a few new faces, but the huge rebuilding project has only just begun with Reds fans hoping for a new approach and style of play that is more like the United way of old.
After a pretty poor first half of last season under Jose Mourinho that led to the Portuguese’s sacking in December after a run of one win in six games, Solskjaer’s arrival brought with it something of a revival of fortunes with eight consecutive wins, only to then win just two of their final 12 games in all competitions; so what do United fans expect going into the 2019/20 campaign?
“I can’t remember going into a season as pessimistic as I am,” says Ant Shaw from United We Stand fanzine. “We finished sixth last year but it’s not just the league position, we’re out of the Champions League, some of our better players don’t want to be here, the players who have got a good attitude are probably among the lowest in ability – the club doesn’t look like it can get much worse at the moment.
“I know there are fans that will say I’m spoilt but looking at United’s standing in the game and the money that they generate I don’t actually think it can get much lower. We’ve got a real problem within our squad and our coaching staff and even the ground is falling apart and looks like it could do with a paint job, we’re not in a good place.”
But it’s not all doom and gloom at Old Trafford. United recently spent £80 million on Harry Maguire as they look to bolster a rather leaky defence along with the addition of Daniel James from Swansea and Aaron Wan-Bissaka from Crystal Palace, so what does Ant feel would constitute a positive campaign for the club in the eyes of the supporters?
“I think we need to build gradually and it’s sad to say but the template we need to follow is Liverpool as they went through a few years when they were struggling outside of the top-four; you’ve got to build gradually, you can’t just go and make-up 30 points next season.
“Ole’s sort of doing it the right way where he’s checked-out attitudes, we’ve heard good things about the attitude of Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James but the usual problems will rear their heads again with the likes of Pogba and Sanchez.”
FansBet caught up with Ant during a tour of all 20 Premier League grounds and you can view the full interview, as well as catching the rest of our season previews from around the Premier League grounds, below:
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