Manchester United’s faint title chances were finally erased on Tuesday evening as they handed rivals Manchester City the Premier League crown with a 2-1 home defeat to Leicester. There is now a lot of work for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to do in order to topple Pep Guardiola’s men next season.
Express Sport looks at five things the Norwegian needs to do in order to establish United as genuine challengers to City’s crown next season.
Sign a centre-back
City have certainly set the precedent in recent seasons over how to bring in defensive recruits with the acquisitions of Aymeric Laporte and Ruben Dias.
The Red Devils need to follow their lead by bringing in a reliable defender to partner captain Harry Maguire.
Victor Lindelof has often played that role but has rarely looked consistent enough to become a viable option.
Meanwhile, Eric Bailly’s continuing fitness issues see him fall out of contention.
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Bring in more experience in attack
Whilst Edinson Cavani of course brings considerable experience to Solskjaer’s frontline, there is still a number of players who might require slightly more guidance and assistance from senior professionals.
Amad, Mason Greenwood, Dan James and Anthony Elanga all come to mind so a more experienced wide option could therefore be crucial for the Red Devils, especially in a potential title fight.
Of course, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial can deputise on the wings but there is a potential problem with each of those.
Find the best positions for Greenwood, Martial and Rashford
Much has been spoken about where the likes of Greenwood, Martial and Rashford operate most effectively.
Each of the trio has been deployed in wide positions by Solskjaer in the past, whilst they have also all been handed the assignment of leading the line for the Red Devils.
If United are to string together a consistent set of wins, they really need to decide on a set attack and allow each of the forwards to thrive in a preferred position.