Solskjaer's reign shows we can go on a big run
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes his Manchester United squad can embark on another long unbeaten run across all competitions, following a beneficial international break for all.
Solskjaer memorably began his reign as United manager with a morale-boosting 11-match unbeaten run that included 10 wins. The Norwegian followed that up during the 2019/20 season by masterminding a 19-game stretch that set a new club record in the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era.
After an inconsistent start to 2020/21, Ole’s Reds put together a 14-match unbeaten run from January and, impressively, did not lose a single Premier League away match all campaign.
This group of players remains united and knows how to bounce back: the challenge is to focus on one game at a time, beginning with this Saturday’s trip to Watford at Vicarage Road.
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“That’s the kind of run we have to get back to. This week, we’ve worked on a few things, we’ve prioritised a few things that we have to improve on. We know the run of form hasn't been good and that performances haven’t been good enough.
“We've just got to focus on getting a good start tomorrow [Saturday] and build on a good start.”
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“The first thing you want to do after a defeat is to get back at the training ground and work on things,” the boss told journalists. “To be honest, as I said when we left for the international break, we felt it was a good time to refresh our minds. Some players have stayed here working on individual recovery, some have been allowed to go home to their countries to freshen up their minds.
“Everyone's kept in touch with staff and that’s one of the things we’ve learned over the last couple of years, with the technology, with the Zoom or Teams. My staff have worked really hard to get everyone ready. From Monday onwards, we’ve worked really hard.
“We've corrected a few things, put a few things right. We’ve, of course, made sure we've prioritised a couple of things that needed to improve the most. I'm sure we'll see a reaction and a good team performance tomorrow [Saturday]."
Watford v United kicks off at 15:00 GMT on Saturday.