In December 2018, England’s Premier League (EPL) Manchester United dismissed manager Jose Mourinho as the team fell into extreme sluggishness and left Ole Gunnar Solskár (48) as manager. He is the legend of the team that led the heyday of United in the early 2000s, forming a golden generation with David Beckham and Ryan Giggs under manager Alex Ferguson. However, at the time of his appointment, it was expected that he would only take on the role of a half-season temporary director. This is because there was a question mark as a leader, such as relegating the team from the EPL in 2014 as the coach of Cardiff City.
However, after Solshard took over the baton, Manchester United regained the strength of the strong team by running eight consecutive victories, and United left the official baton to him who made a turnaround. However, he hasn’t been able to completely return the team to what it used to be. Every season, he paid an astronomical transfer fee to bring the star players, but he showed a jerky appearance and couldn’t get to the top in the end, and Solshard wasn’t able to shake off his suspicious gaze toward himself.
This kind of Solshar finally raised the parent team to the sole leader of the league after 7 years and 7 months.
Manchester United won 1-0 in the first round of EPL 2020-2021 against Burnley at Burnley Turf Moor in the UK on the 13th. He continued his offensive against Burnley, who was in the bottom of the league, but couldn’t make a goal, but in the second half of the 26th minute, Gear scored the winning goal. A cross from Marcus Rashford (24) from the right was scored by Paul Pogba (28) with a right-footed volley shot in front of the penalty area.
Manchester United, who ran second in the league following Liverpool (33 points), having played one less game before the match that day, climbed to the lead with a victory of 36 points. Manchester United’s mid-season lead at the turn of the year was the last time on May 19, 2013, when Alex Ferguson led the team. After seven years and seven months, he returned to the top of the league leaderboards.
In addition, Manchester United continued its undefeated march in 11 games (9 wins, 2 draws), including 3 consecutive wins, and the latest scary momentum continued. The question mark that was followed by coach Solskár is gradually disappearing amid the bullish trend this season. With a unique counterattack tactic, he achieved a surprising performance of 12 wins and 3 draws in 15 matches in the away game, and it was crucial to solve the ups and downs that have been pointed out since the appointment of the official manager. If Solskjaer keeps a good mood and wins the championship and ends Manchester United’s nearly ten years of dark age, he can finally be recognized as a true successor to his teacher Ferguson.
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