Palmerbet Sports Team takes a look at a revitalised Man United side under caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who has launched them back into top four reckoning.
In early December, Man United suffered through another turgid draw, against Southampton. 2-nil down, they mustered a comeback to draw 2-2, but fans were still unimpressed. After all, this was Manchester United, not some lowly EPL club. The Red Devils went out to $6.50 with Palmerbet in our Top Four market after that draw. Further dropped points to Arsenal and Liverpool saw them go out even further. Then, as we all know, Jose Mourinho got the boot. His replacement, favourite son Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, was only meant to be a caretaker boss. Six wins on the trot, however, suggests it could be much more. United are all of a sudden playing with the reckless abandon that so defined eras of success. So just how far have they come?
"The brilliant thing I loved from @ManUtd at Wembley was that their fear had gone."
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has removed fear factor at Man Utd, says @carra23
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) January 15, 2019
Back in the reckoning
Under Mourinho, all hope was lost – even to scrape into the Champions League spots. Some were even fearing a mid-table calamity, something not seen even under David Moyes. Solskjaer has come in and throw away conventions. With no pressure – internal or external – to play the likes of Lukaku, the Norwegian has released the likes of Rashford and Ander Herrera to great effect.
Marcus Rashford's finishing is outrageous under Solskjær. Has improved MASSIVELY. Super assist from Paul Pogba, too. What a goal.
— Liam Canning (@LiamPaulCanning) January 13, 2019
One of Ander Herrera's best games for Manchester United, his relentlessness complements Matic and Pogba. Another responding hungrily to life under Solskjaer. Better touch than often credited, cares passionately for the team, worth a contract extension surely. #mufc
— Henry Winter (@henrywinter) January 14, 2019
Under Solskjaer, United have now moved into $2.80 chances to make the top four with Palmerbet. So could they sneak past two of the three London clubs (Spurs, Chelsea and Arsenal) above them come season’s end?
Win silences critics
One of those London clubs, Spurs, hosted United on the weekend in what was viewed as Solskjaer’s first ‘real test’. After five straight wins over lower clubs (four EPL sides in the table’s bottom half and a Championship side in the FA Cup), Solskjaer won conditional plaudits. That is, that he was yet to prove himself against one of the big boys.
United started the clash as $3.72 outsiders with Palmerbet, but took a first half lead with a clinical Rashford finish from an incredible through-ball from Paul Pogba. The visitors, with a goalkeeping masterclass from David de Gea in the second half, kept the score at 1-0 until the final whistle, capping perhaps their best win this season.
I’d still like Pochettino to come to #MUFC in the summer. I’m not sure how he’d feel about being Solskjær’s assistant though
— Jonathan Shræger (@JonathanShrager) January 13, 2019
The win had an equal (albeit opposite) impact on the home team, and a manager many United fans still hope to lure to Old Trafford in the summer. Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs were six points behind Liverpool before the clash, and $17 title hopes with Palmerbet. Afterwards, they slid all the way back to $67. Is the EPL now officially a two-horse race? Liverpool ($1.75 for the EPL title) and Man City ($2.20) remain neck-and-neck.
Shifting form to the continent
While United made it through the Champions League group stages under Mourinho, it was (like most things the Portuguese manager did in season 2018/19) underwhelming. But can the revitalised United under Solskjaer transfer their form to Europe? United have been drawn against PSG in the Round of 16, starting February 13. Which makes them already outsiders to make the quarter finals. Still, if you fancy the Red Devils to pull off the unthinkable, they’re currently $34 with Palmerbet to win the 2018/19 Champions League title.
🔴 PSG will face a different version of Manchester United in February.
🤔 But are Solskjaer's Red Devils ready for that type of challenge? pic.twitter.com/VqfJPaZyQ6
— Goal (@goal) January 15, 2019