Former Red Devils goalie sees positive steps in the right direction at Old Trafford, with title challenge on the horizon
Manchester UnitedRising to second in the Premier League table is “no accident”, says Tomasz Kuszczak, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer seen as doing “something fantastic” at Old Trafford.
A Norwegian tactician in the most demanding positions has not always been so complimentary.
Questions were asked about its ability to meet expectations throughout an eventful spell that delivered a number of ups and downs.
United are currently back on an upward curve, having moved within three points of the top of the Premier League while bragging about an ongoing game over Liverpool, and optimism is building again in Manchester.
Much of that had been eroded following Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013, with the Red Devils regressing horribly, but patience is now paying off.
A title challenge seems to be on the cards, with Kuszczak impressed with what he saw of a rejuvenated United.
The former Red Devils goalkeeper, who was on three title-winning teams during his time playing, said Astro Stadium: “In football we have waves where you dominate the league and European football – United had that.
“Sir Alex Ferguson has been doing what he’s been doing for 26 years. He built the team and won big titles. After he left, we saw what happens – buy quickly, sell quickly, big decisions.
“The fans wanted to see United at the top, but it doesn’t always happen like that. Everyone could see that a period of transition was needed and now something new is here.
“I can feel the confidence Ole has in owners and supporters. It is being built and he deserves it.
“He came at a difficult time and there were doubts about his name among the experts – did he have enough experience?
“He’s starting to do something fantastic. They are second, let’s build on that. This can change quickly, but it is no accident. There must be something in it.
Kuszczak added, “If you look through the season, it’s been a little up and down. It’s nice to be on top. You have to start building on something.
“They may think ‘here we are’. They’re second now, so stick with that. Every game has the same mentality and see what happens. It’s the right mentality for the team, to be humble and to want to win trophies.
While talking about United’s impressive form in 2020-2021, as they rediscover how to get results, Kuszczak believes there is still room for improvement on Solskjaer’s side.
He said: “Manchester United’s strength in the past was not just scoring goals, but also defending. The excellent results and the end-of-season trophies don’t just come from scoring goals.
“I think they improved as a team. But against Leicester they had the advantage twice and lost goals. Games like this happen all the time.
“If you want to achieve something in the Premier League and win trophies, you have to learn to play and win games like this. If you look at the records of the past and the teams that have won trophies, they’ve been fantastic at that – at home and away.