Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has claimed that, despite Arsenal’s impressive start to the season and Manchester City’s summer spending spree, only Chelsea can deny Manchester United a second consecutive Premier League title.
Despite United’s slow start to the season, the man whose goal sealed the 1999 Treble, now manager at Molde in the Norwegian’s first division, has been extremely impressed with United’s recent progress, which has seen David Moyes’ men pick up 13 points in their last five league games and winning the last three Premier League matches in a row.
“David’s started slowly, then the machinery has started to work now so I’m pleased with the progress they’ve made.
“Everyone’s talking about a bad, bad start but if you look at the other championship contenders, they’re not very far ahead,” said Solksjaer.
The former United striker was adamant that, despite the many doubts that have been casted over Moyes’ appointment and the quality of his squad, the Reds can go on and retain the title, adding that Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea – themselves not enjoying the best of forms – are the only credible rivals.
“Man United and Chelsea, those two for me are the main contenders. Of course Man United can win it, absolutely no problem.
“They’ve got the players to do it, they’ve got the history to do it. Now when David is getting to know the players, I’m sure we’ll improve. I’m still saying ‘we’. After almost 15 years you still feel a part.”
Having rejected the opportunity to take charge of Aston Villa two seasons ago, Solskjaer hasn’t given up his dream of managing in the Premier League one day and told Sky Sports News: “I said it when I came back here that I just want to see if I can manage and if I enjoy it.
“If I do and there’s offers coming, then I’d like to see myself in the Premier League one day.”