Manchester United can challenge for Premier League title, but need experienced players to fight Liverpool and Manchester City

15 Aug

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer must rely on his experienced Manchester United players to help them challenge for the Premier League this season.

That’s according to former midfielder Kleberson, who thinks the manager has already become stronger since taking over from Jose Mourinho.

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Senior players like David de Gea, captain Ashley Young and even Marcus Rashford, will be crucial to Man United going forward[/caption]

Solskjaer started the new season well by beating Chelsea 4-0, with 21-year-old Marcus Rashford scoring twice and Anthony Martial, 23, and Dan James, 21, scoring the others.

Rashford, despite his age, can be considered one of the more senior players, having played in the Champions League and World Cup matches in his short career already and even revealed he offers younger players advice. 

And Kleberson said that will be vital this term.

“There are still great teams who play better football like Liverpool or Manchester City – that’s the real challenge for United,” he told talkSPORT via

“I don’t know if they’ll have the success of those teams. But if the team can play like they did against Chelsea by being very positive with the ball and taking their chances, it is possible they could fight for the title. To do that, they’ll need to rely on their experienced players to help all the young players.”

Solskjaer took over in December, initially as caretaker boss, but was given the full-time job before the previous campaign ended as the club finished sixth.

Manchester United duo Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford celebrate during the 4-0 win against Chelsea in their first game of the season
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“It’s too early to say whether they can fight for the title but of course he can do better than last season,” Kleberson added, careful not too put too much pressure on his former team-mate.

The former midfielder, who joined from Brazilian side Athletico Paranaense in 2003, was also asked about compatriot Fred, who arrived for £52million in 2018, but has been unable to cement his place in the first team yet.

Kleberson thinks Solskjaer has become stronger in his decision making and believes he has a good opportunity to be a success
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“Solskjaer tried to use him as an offensive player too much last season,” he said. “I didn’t like seeing Fred on the bench, It’s tough for him. I think he’s very technical and fast – but it’s hard for him to adapt to United’s style of play. He hasn’t had his opportunity in the Premier League because the football is faster, so he needs to commit more to his defending.

“I can’t compare his time to mine at Man United because we have different styles, but he likes the ball at his feet and tries to create space. It’s going to be a tough time but he’s a very good player so I think he can come good.”

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Pereira was impressive against Chelsea and, with some consistency in the Premier League, could eventually be a mainstay for Brazil[/caption]

On another Brazilian, Andreas Pereira, Kleberson believes he needs time to show his importance and will eventually play for Brazil.

The 23-year-old played against Chelsea and even recorded an assist.

“It’s hard to see Andreas Pereira playing a lot more for Man United this season,” he said. “But he must continue to fight for his position at United because he has the quality.

“I know he can play at any club in Brazil but maybe for him, he needs more games to show his style and quality in important games; then he’ll get his chance to play for the national team.


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