‘Solskjaer lays the groundwork for an exciting future’: Chadwick targets Manchester United to become regular title challengers

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The former Red Devils winger is delighted to see a Norwegian he once played with pushing a heavyweight back into the fray for top honors.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is “laying the groundwork” for “a really exciting future” at Manchester United, says Luke Chadwick, with the plan at Old Trafford to make title challenges the norm once again.

The Red Devils have 13 Premier League crowns to their name, but the last of them was secured in Sir Alex Ferguson’s final season before he retired in 2013.

There have been some testing moments in the eight years since that success, with United backing off alarmingly with David Moyes, Louis van Gaal and José Mourinho.

Solskjaer has faced his own questions as the former United striker lacks experience as a top-level coach when he is handed the reins permanently.

However, patience is paying off and a positive result at Burnley on Tuesday will see the Red Devils rise to the top of the English top flight.

Chadwick hopes United can start from this point, with a sleeping giant awakening from its slumber.

A man who represented the Red Devils and Clarets in their playing days told the Burnley Express of progress in Manchester with Solskjaer: “It’s good to see him now reaping the rewards after having a difficult start at United. He is laying the groundwork for what will hopefully be a really exciting future for him and the club.

“The game has changed slightly in the last 20 years, it’s about managing people and your relationships with those people.

“I think Ole is fantastic at that and is the type of person who can bring out the best in people.

“Hopefully I can move on and build a team that can mount a serious challenge for the coming seasons.”

Few expected United to contest the Premier League title this season, but the inconsistency of others, in another campaign impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, has helped level the playing field and bring numerous sides to the mix.

Chadwick added of the Red Devils’ claims about a highly sought-after piece of silver: “It was always going to be a strange season and there were always going to be strange results throughout the season.

United were defeated by Spurs and hours later Liverpool conceded seven against Aston Villa.

“If there was ever a time for United to win the title, then this is the season to do it because their rivals are so inconsistent.

“They’re in the mix right now without really playing their best football, which is always a good sign.”

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