Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has told his current crop of Manchester United stars that they are better than the famous treble-winning side of 1999, as the Red Devils gear up for a title challenge.
The Norwegian coach was an integral part of the group that won the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League all in one season. He also scored the famous winning goal in the Champions League final, writing his name into the club’s history.
But despite the heroics and memories made by the talented team of ’99, Solskjaer has told his current Man Utd team that he believes they are better than the celebrated treble-winning squad, according to The Sun .
The Red Devils have made three stunning additions to their squad over the summer, which have thrown them into the conversation as genuine title contenders.
The long-awaited signing of Jadon Sancho kicked off their window, while the arrival of world class centre-back Raphael Varane put an end to supporters’ fears over the heart of their backline.
The real power move came at the end of the window though, when Man Utd swooped in to re-sign club icon Cristiano Ronaldo from Juventus The Portuguese star was set for a switch to rivals Manchester City, but the Red Devils hijacked the deal to bring the striker home.
Those three signings, combined with the plethora of talent at Solskjaer’s disposal, puts the Premier League giants in the mix for the title. The returning Ronaldo shares his coach’s beliefs about the quality of the side, after he told teammate Bruno Fernandes that Man Utd ‘need’ to win the league this year.
The 36-year-old’s arrival could make the difference in the big matches for the Red Devils, and his goals inevitably make them a stronger team. Former Real Madrid teammate Varane has had an instant impact in Manchester, keeping a clean sheet and assisting the winning goal in the 1-0 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers prior to the international break.