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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: 'It Won't Be 30 Years' Until Manchester United Win Title

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistOctober 20, 2019

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 06: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer the head coach / manager of Manchester United applauds the fans at full time during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Manchester United at St. James Park on October 6, 2019 in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images)
Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has aimed a dig at rivals Liverpool ahead of Sunday's Premier League showdown between the sides, saying "it won't be 30 years" until the Red Devils are crowned champions of England again.

Liverpool head to Old Trafford having put together a blistering start to the campaign, winning all eight of their league games. It means Jurgen Klopp's side are in a strong position to compete for the club's first top-flight crown since 1990.

While United have a lot of ground to make up before they are regularly challenging for the top prizes again, Solskjaer doesn't envisage the team going three decades without a Premier League win, per Adam Lanigan of the Daily Telegraph.

"I am sure we will bounce back and win the league," the United manager said. "And I am sure it won't be 30 years until the next Premier League that we do win."

Since Liverpool's most recent league title, United have enjoyed plenty of success, with Sir Alex Ferguson's Red Devils teams the dominant force in the Premier League era before his retirement in 2013:

Football on BT Sport @btsportfootball

Liverpool led Man Utd for league titles 18-7 in 1990... Then Sir Alex Ferguson came along, 20-18 to Man Utd 👀 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: "It won't be 30 years until the next Premier League that we do win" 🤭 https://t.co/XqazXJZw4w

United last won during Ferguson's final campaign in charge. Since then, the Red Devils have endured a challenging time. A number of managers have taken over at Old Trafford in that spell, with David Moyes, Louis van Gaal, Jose Mourinho and now Solskjaer unable to facilitate serious challenges for Premier League glory.

Nick Harris of Sporting Intelligence summed up the struggles the team has endured since their iconic former boss left:

Nick Harris @sportingintel

Stating the bleeding obvious now, but Alex Ferguson's reign at Man Utd was stupendously successful in the PL era. And MUFC have not just struggled since, but gone way off the rails. Here's the data. https://t.co/vVolnFnRjG

United feel further away than ever when it comes to competing for major honours, as they sit just a point above the relegation zone prior to the clash with Liverpool.

This season, Solskjaer has struggled to get a tune out of the team. The Red Devils lack quality options all over the pitch, and injury issues have left the squad stretched and choices limited for the manager.

Sam Carroll of the Liverpool Echo joked that the Red Devils may have to wait as long as Liverpool for a title with that in mind:

Sam Carroll @SamCarroll0

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer stoking the flames pre-match. A proper Sir Alex move that. The way United are looking though, 30 years might not be far off😂 https://t.co/hBl06qrps1

Despite the team's plight in comparison to their rivals' situation, Solskjaer has said spirits are high:

BBC Sport @BBCSport

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer thinks the good mood in the camp will help #MUFC as they take on Liverpool tomorrow. #bbcfootball https://t.co/ZpmyQ4xtjk

It will be intriguing to see what the atmosphere is like at Old Trafford come full time on Sunday, as United are big underdogs for the clash with Liverpool, per Caesars.

Not only are Liverpool among the best sides in European football, but Solskjaer is also set to be without arguably his two most important players in David De Gea and Paul Pogba. As such, it feels like something extraordinary will be required from United to pull off a positive result against the league leaders.

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