Solskjaer likens his Man Utd rebuild to painting a house
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has compared rebuilding Manchester United to painting a house and discussed how his side will gradually evolve.
United are currently in second place in the Premier League and have shown signs of progress this season. However, last weekend’s disappointing 1-1 draw at West Brom leaves the Red Devils seven points behind Manchester City after playing one more game.
Solskjaer’s team continues to fight for the FA Cup and the Europa League. The latter competition will resume this week. The club will face Real Sociedad in the first leg of the round of 16 on Thursday.
The Norwegian has discussed gradually rebuilding the team to make United regular competitors for vital silverware and offered a unique comparison between managing the Premier League and home renovations.
“When you paint your house, you have to put a little primer on first, then put it on layer by layer, and then finally you’re done painting,” Solskjær told VG. “That’s how we had to think. It has to be gradual, and then you know that the color will be this and that at some point. “
Solskjaer also discussed comments from the media that he should be more optimistic about his side being title challengers this season. Roy Keane criticized his former teammate for downplaying his team’s chances.
The 47-year-old insists his team are still on their way to competing for major honors and believes these comments are an indication of the progress the Red Devils have made this season.
“I know that there has been a lot of criticism and discussion about one thing or the other, but if you set the course first, then at least I’ll have enough confidence in myself that I don’t waver too much. If you mix too many colors, this will possibly go wrong too, ”he added.
“We were actually quite steep. But according to people, we’ve suddenly become a much better team this year than we seemed to be.
“There were always small adjustments and a new team that was needed. I’m not saying that I know better than others, but it was and is my job to make us a better team and a better club. I do what I think is best and according to my knowledge and values. “
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