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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer must start winning trophies

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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has spent close to three years putting his stamp on the squad and no longer has anywhere to hide in the pursuit of trophies.

United have seen steady improvement year on year since Solskjaer was appointed successor to Jose Mourinho, first as an interim and then permanently. During that time the squad has been transformed, the culture has been reset and the Norwegian has even earned a new longer contract.

Since Solskjaer took charge of his first game in December 2018, United have finished sixth, third and second in successive Premier League seasons. In 2018/19 they won a first Champions League knockout tie since 2011, in 2019/20 they reached three cup semi-finals, and in 2020/21 they reached another domestic semi-final and played in a European final.

There have been 12 permanent first-team arrivals under Solskjaer’s watch, with this summer in particular seen as a huge step forward as long-term target Jadon Sancho arriving for £73m and proven winners Raphael Varane and Cristiano Ronaldo have joined the club. As many as 11 players have also been permanently shipped out in an effort to clear deadwood from previous regimes.

So far, trophies are what have been missing, which is what United ultimately strive for – since the club’s last silverware in 2017, Manchester City have won three Premier League titles, the FA Cup and four EFL Cups, Liverpool have won the Premier League and Champions League, Chelsea have won the Champions League, FA Cup and Europa League, and even Arsenal have won the FA Cup.

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