What's in the latest edition of United Review?

Tuesday 21 July 2020 14:04

With two Premier League games to go, Reds legend Paddy Crerand is backing United to achieve our one clear objective: qualifying for next season’s Champions League.

Speaking in his regular column in United Review for the visit to Old Trafford of West Ham United, the 1968 European Cup winner makes clear how impressed he’s been by the development of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side over the course of the season, especially in the latter half of the campaign.

“Despite the frustration of the Southampton game [the 2-2 draw], we’ve been very good at home since the turn of the year, and that bodes well for next season,” writes Crerand.  

“When you look back at the United teams that have really succeeded over the decades, it’s our home record more than anything else that has got us there, so we need to keep that up. 

“Then we might need to get a result on that final day against Leicester – it could be like a cup final, that one – but I fancy us to do it. The way things have turned out, if we do manage to finish in the Champions League spots it’ll be a great achievement, mainly because of how many young players have come into the side. The introduction of the youngsters has been terrific.”
In his programme notes for the final home game of the season, the manager also places his focus on the progress made by his side, saying: “We’ve got some strong building blocks in place. The plan is to keep on improving and I believe this group of players has a really bright future ahead. 

“The simple fact is we can decide our destiny in this season’s Premier League. We know that if we win this game and win again at Leicester on Sunday, we will be in the Champions League next season – as well as still having some more big knockout games (Europa League) to come this term. 

“Our fate is in our own hands. We are in control of what happens this season and beyond, and I have no doubt that this group of players can be trusted with that responsibility.”
Elsewhere in Wednesday’s United Review, executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward praises the extraordinary efforts that have allowed a challenging season to reach a conclusion. 

“We must all stay committed to the collective effort to minimise the spread of Covid-19,” he writes. “In doing so, we will increase the chances of fans being allowed back into the stadium sooner rather than later.”
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Also featuring in the programme, and concentrating on the finale of 2019/20, is David De Gea, who expresses his pleasure at passing 400 games and says the only thing that matters now is ‘to win’.

West Ham legend Steve Lomas also provides his take on David Moyes’s Hammers this season and offers praise for United, specifically highlighting recruitment and the development of young players. “I think Solskjaer has done a wonderful job with the players he has brought to the football club.

“Importantly too, he hasn’t bought players if it’s going to deny a talented young player’s path to progress at Manchester United. Why would you go and sign another forward for example when you’ve got a player like Mason Greenwood coming through the ranks? The boy looks like he’s going to be a superstar.”

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