Former Manchester United defender Wes Brown is confident that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is leading the club in the right direction.
The Red Devils ended Premier League leaders Liverpool’s perfect start to the season with their clash at Old Trafford on Sunday ending in a 1-1 draw.
United, though, were six minutes from a memorable victory over their bitter rivals but Adam Lallana’s late equaliser means this remains the club’s worst start in the league since 1986.
Having lined up alongside Solskjaer in his playing days, Brown is nevertheless certain that United are in safe hands. The Norwegian, he says, is finally steering the club back on course – even if it may take longer than anticipated.
“It’s absolutely brilliant that he knows the values and mentality of the club,” Brown, a winner of two Champions Leagues, two FA Cups and five Premier League titles with United, said.
“We’ve had four managers before Ole now and it’s not quite worked out. But Ole knows exactly what the club’s about, he knows what he wants. He’s said he’s got a plan in place. It will take a little bit of time, like we all know. We just can’t get six or seven players in one transfer window.”
United’s recruitment policy has come under plenty of scrutiny of late despite a reasonably successful summer transfer window. But Brown has noticed significant progress in that department and expects that to continue in January and beyond.
“The players that he’s [Solskjaer] brought in in the summer have been brilliant. [Harry] Maguire and [Aaron] Wan-Bissaka – Wan-Bissaka’s fitted straight in, like he’s been here for years,” added the 40-year-old, who made more than 350 appearances for United. “And [Daniel] James, who a lot of people thought might take a little bit longer, he’s the one who’s come out shining.
“They’re great signings and obviously more to come as well. And I’m sure if not January – I’m certain we’ll get some people then – but in the summer Ole will start to get the main players he wants.”
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