The Manchester United boss reportedly holds Chelsea in higher regard than ‘noisy neighbours’ Manchester City and fierce rivals Liverpool as United look to end their title drought
United are without a trophy of any kind since the 2017 Europa League, which was won by Solskjaer’s predecessor Jose Mourinho, but their wait for a 21st league title dates back as far as Sir Alex Ferguson’s final season at the helm eight years ago.
In a bid to close the gap between the likes of City, Liverpool and themselves, the Old Trafford hierarchy have backed their boss with sufficient funding and recruited some of the biggest stars in European football this summer.
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Long-term target Jadon Sancho’s arrival was swiftly followed by the signing of former Real Madrid stalwart Raphael Varane, but the thunder of each was somewhat stolen by the remarkable return of Cristiano Ronaldo after twelve years away from the club.
Last season saw United earn the highest league finish under Solskjaer, second-place but still 12 points adrift of winners City.
This campaign has started brightly enough, United taking seven points from their opening three games and even after just a few fixtures the league table is beginning to take shape with United, Liverpool and Chelsea all on seven points.
According to The Sun, Solskjaer views Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea side as United’s biggest threat this season, after the Blues ended last campaign as European Champions.
Chelsea have become one of the most defensively resilient sides on the continent since Tuchel’s arrival, a far cry from their days of leaking goals under predecessor Frank Lampard.
Their newfound steel was exhibited in their last league outing, when they earned a point at Anfield with a man less after Reece James was sent off at the end of the first half.
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After just eight months in the Stamford Bridge hot-seat, Tuchel has guided Chelsea to two major cup finals, winning the Champions League but falling short in the FA Cup.
Chelsea have also enjoyed a productive transfer window, resigning Romelu Lukaku from Inter Milan for an astronomical £97m fee while also securing Atletico Madrid star Saul Niguez on loan with an option to buy clause inserted in the deal.
Despite this, Solskjaer reportedly remains confident he can oversee a successful season at Old Trafford with silverware at the end of it.