Ex-Red Devils defender believes club’s class of 2020-21 can compete for Premier League title after reaching first in the table
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer a Manchester United nearing the end of a “long way back” to the top, says Gary Pallister, the Norwegian allowing title dreams to come back to life after many “false dawns”.
The Red Devils returned to the top of the Premier League table in 2020-21, with 36 points drawn from 17 games so far.
The next step for the Solskjaer team is a meeting with the defending champions Liverpool, and a trip to Anfield will present an opportunity for another serious scorer to be shot down by an ambitious team.
Pallister believes United can meet a challenge for the top-flight English crown this season, with patience rewarded at Old Trafford eight years after their last triumph under Sir Alex Ferguson.
The former Red Devils defender said Sky Sports: “Reaching the top of the table, even though right after Christmas, was a great feeling.
“It’s been a long road there and that’s a vindication for Ole and the way he spoke about his team – that they weren’t very far from clicking. Moving to the top of the board justifies the work he has done.
“I would love to say ‘yes they can win the title’ and yes I think they can. If I were a bettor, I would probably say it’s even luck.
“They play great football. This front three with [Bruno] Fernandes and [Paul] Pogba behind them, if they hit their straps every week or most of the time, I think they can challenge.
“We’ve had ups and downs with this Manchester United team. They’ve shown weaknesses at times and that’s something Ole is trying to work out.
“We had false auroras when Ole first arrived, but right after the first national lockout some of the football we played was fantastic. We then slipped by being sloppy and conceding goals at the start of the games. If they can maintain that type of level then they can challenge, but it’s a matter of finding that level more frequently. “
Gary Neville said United, who have gone four years without a trophy of any kind, should be excited on what they can achieve in the current campaign.
Pallister echoed those sentiments, saying, “Let’s get excited about this. It has been a long road.
“A club like Manchester United should be up there defying most seasons and what we’ve seen since Sir Alex left hasn’t been great.
“I don’t think we’ve played particularly exciting football or the brand of football that we expected from Manchester United, but I think it’s something that Ole has tried to highlight since joining the club and we let us reap the rewards. now.
“There is confidence in the whole team. I’m not saying they’re going to win the title. I think Liverpool and Manchester city are still going to have a say in the title race, but she’s set for such a big game on Sunday.
“If you can beat Liverpool on their patch that would send a real message.”