Manchester United set two new targets post UEL draw – The12thMan

Man United has hatched great form since the restart of football. United now has two new targets for the season.

Manchester United have set 2 targets as the UEFA Europa League knockout draws completed on Friday. One pertains to performance while the other a layman metric for success – a Champions League spot and at least some silverware.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is enjoying a purple patch at Ole Trafford now. He has lambasted before the winter transfer window as the club lost to Sean Dyche’s Burnley. United had the worst start of the season since 1988 and Ole’s managerial duties fell into serious jeopardy.

Ole during a post match conference (source: mutv)

“If you only work on sunny days, you’ll never get to your destination”, said Ole after United’s apathetic loss against Newcastle.

A string of managers was sacked in the pre-winter window period of the Premier League, owing to faltering performances. Pochettino, Unai Emery, and Quique Sanchez and Everton’s Marco Silva – all suffered the same fate.  Ostensibly yet, its all meat for history books now.

Manchester United hope to finish in top 4

Manchester United have not lost a single match since losing to Burnley. Bruno Fernandes signed, the Red Devils Shined! (Pardon me for the pun though) Their form continues as they paraded 3-0 against Aston Villa. Leicester’s errors cost them a clean margin as Lampard snapped up that place quickly.

The Norwegian’s side sits 4th with 58 points, Leicester City with 59 and Chelsea at 60. A win in all 4 for Manchester United will ensure a top 4 position. Their last match of the season apparently happens to be against Brendan Rodgers’s Leicester.

Manchester United players at Carrington as they gear up for top 4 (source : Getty Images)

“I am sure Manchester United will mount a challenge and get back to winning the league. We are definitely improving and developing as a team. Everything is miles better in the dressing room,” Ole reflected optimistically.

As Manchester United’s remaining fixtures seem easier on paper as compared to fellow contenders Chelsea and Leicester, they will definitely try to finish in the top 4. In fact, a Champions League spot influences their transfer plans too, as they eye Jadon Sancho and Jack Grealish.

Search for Silverware

Manchester City abashedly embarrassed a loose Manchester United squad in the Carabao Cup to end their run in the tournament. But United’s Silverware aspirations have not ended yet. They are still on the race for the FA Cup and the Europa League.

“It’s important for this team to win their first trophy or to get to their first final together. That will help the winning culture because we have to start winning things”, Ole said, accentuating the importance of trophies. The Red Devils’ last significant silverware was the Europa League under Jose Mourinho in 2017.

United smashed 5-0 against Lask Linz almost nullifying any need for a return…

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