Ole Gunnar Solskjaer demands a fast start from Manchester United to the Premier League season

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has urged Manchester United to start the Premier League season strongly as they look to avid a repeat of last year. 

United lost three of their first six games last campaign, which included an opening day defeat to Crystal Palace, and Solskjaer is aware that his team can ill afford to have another slow start this time around. 

After starting pre-season with a 2-1 victory against Derby County, Solskjaer indicated that he will be focusing on naming strong lineups in the remaining friendlies ahead of the first league game at home to Leeds on August 14.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has urged Manchester United to make a fast start to the league season


Solskjaer told the club’s official website: ‘There’ll probably be less and less for the kids – that’s just the way it goes. We have to start better than last season. We didn’t get off to a decent start at all and now it’s first one under the belt.

‘I think the Premier League is more competitive [than it used to be]. We had [when I was a player] maybe one competitor every season so, of course, the first six or seven games, it’s very important to stay there. You don’t win the league in the first six or seven games, but you can lose the chance of winning the league.’

United ended up finishing second last season but were 12 points adrift of champions and rivals Manchester City.

United were beaten by Crystal Palace in the first game of last season and had a difficult start


August 14 – Leeds (home)

August 22 – Southampton (away)

August 29 – Wolves (away)

September 11 – Newcastle (home)

September 19 – West Ham (away)

September 25 – Aston Villa (home)

October 2 – Everton (home) 


Solskjaer will be fully aware that 2019-20 champions Liverpool will be determined to respond next season, while Champions League holders Chelsea will also pose a threat.

The signing of Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund for £73million, which is set to be finalised soon, should boost United’s hopes of success as they continue in their quest to win the title for the first time since Sir Alex Ferguson’s final season in charge in 2012-13. 

Defensive reinforcements are also needed, with United looking to be more resilient at the back.

The arrival of Jadon Sancho, who is set to join from Borussia Dortmund, will boost United

After taking on Leeds, Solskjaer’s team will face trips to take on Southampton and Wolves before games against Newcastle (home), West Ham (away) and Aston Villa (home).

While none of those fixtures could be described as straightforward, United do have an inviting opportunity to build up some momentum before they take on the likes of Leicester, Liverpool, Tottenham, Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal in October and November. 


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