Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes Manchester United’s position in the Premier League justifies Ed Woodward’s proclamation the team has made progress.
In his statement attached to United’s financial results for the last quarter, the executive vice-chairman Woodward said ‘the progress made by Ole and the players this season is clear’.
United were eliminated from the Champions League at the group stage and trail champions-elect Manchester City by 14 points in the Premier League but are still in the FA Cup and in the last 16 of the Europa League.
Solskjaer led United to a third-place finish in the league last term and the possibility of finishing runners-up to City would technically represent a progressive campaign, despite the threat of a fourth successive trophyless season.
“You’d like to win every game of football but if you compare to last season, the position we’re in, we are quite a bit higher up in the league at the same stage, still in Europe and the FA Cup,” Solskjaer said.
“It’s the league position, you think that’s where we’ve shown progress. Hopefully, we can prove in the Europa League and FA Cup that we’ve taken another further step for this team.
“The ambitions are there, we have more experience to be in this position compared to last season, we are gelling more as a team, we are fitter.
“So at the moment we’re just looking at the short-term, Sunday, and that is to get back to creating chances, taking them and scoring goals again.”