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Friday, February 8, 2019

Why Manchester United Will Win The Champions League



The Red Devils have been in a resurgence mood since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over from Jose Mourinho following his sacking.

The interim boss has steered the club to fifth place in the Premier League after a run of match that have seen them go 10 games without a single defeat.

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That stats means that they are the best inform team at the moment in the Premier League since the Norwegian took over but he is yet to play in the  biggest tournament in club football, the Champions League.

They qualified out of the group stage and are paired against Ligue one champions PSG which is a much more obstacle waiting at the moment but the club should be optimistic about that encounter.

For sure United are underdogs going into the game but there are also chances of them beating all club elites and heavy weights to lift the trophy.

They have won the trophy only times in 1967, 1999 and 2008. They went to the final in 2009 but were defeated by a dominant Barcelona side under Sir Alex Ferguson.

Following his retirement in 2013, all the club had managed was a quarter final of which they were knocked out by Bayern Munich but this year is another chance for the club to claim the trophy irrespective of the obstacles before them.

As they are about to take on PSG on 24th of February, Goalcliq  highlights reasons why Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can give them the trophy.

1. No One Is Considered the Favorite.


Ask anyone who they think to be the Champions League favorite and there wouldn't be a clear and assured response because it's the most wide-open  Champions League we have ever seen.

United looked off the pace and might be called the underdogs but they shouldn't forget Mourinho is gone and they are being steered by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who haven't lost a single game since his appointment as the interim boss of the club. With that in mind, all Europe elites must have gotten the feelings that this team are no longer the United anyone can win with ease.

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Madrid who have won the competition three times successively are struggling as they don’t look the same force of old anymore, with talisman Cristiano Ronaldo, the top scorer in Champions League history and top scorer in each of the last six seasons, and manager Zinedine Zidane both gone.

The club have find it hard this season without his replacement and are much weaker with no new Ronaldo than they have been in the past and with their key men struggling, there are likely Chance of them exiting at the knockout stage.

Juventus likewise are enjoying the service of Ronaldo though domestically but recent form suggest otherwise. Ronaldo have been a big hit in the Serie A but Atlanta showed the world how easily he can be tamed and other clubs must have watched that game.

There is no more experienced Buffon and their Back three have been shaky with both Bonucci and Chiellini slowing down following their strong start to the season and the talk of them being the Favorites have slowly faded.

Spanish Giants Barcelona have been good domestically this season but also have their own weakness. Their acquisitions have failed in spectacular fashion and there recent games have shown that without Messi they will automatically lose. They are also merged against Lyon in the knockout stage and anything is possible.

Bundesliga reigning champions Bayern Munich are a forgotten team with Kovac in charge. They haven’t been at their sharpest continentally either and are even performing poorly domestically. Experienced players Robben and Ribery are due to leave the club at the end of the season with them offering less at the highest level. The big teams are playing badly with Manchester City the only complete team at the moment so if United can play their game, then the champions league would certainly return to England.

PSG for sure are a threat but United should be confident going into the game and a win would surely show their inner motive.

2. Ole would try to prove critics wrong


The Red devils boss have broke protocols to surprise anyone doubting his ability. He was even today confirmed as the manager of the month for January and that tells the type of job he has done in this United side. He's played six games in the month: won 5 and drew 1 with Burnley.

The award is not a Champions League trophy but it's an individual recognised as a result of his hard work.

He might be careful as ever in the press about publicly stating he needs  the permanent job but if we can view Ole's heart, it might be he really wants it permanently instead of the interim tag. No one expected the club to go for him when Jose Mourinho was dismissed and some even criticised the club's decision to hand a job to a man who took Cardiff City to relegation but he has gone on to silence his doubters in a short time.

Winning the Champions league might be something he would be targeting with the Premier League seemingly out of reach.

He might be another Zidane in the making. The Norwegian manager have won all his game at the English soil as United manager except that 2-2 with Burnley.

When Zidane took over the Madrid job, no one expected him to make history with the club but he went on to win three successive Champions league on a roll. Ole is not a Zidane but he might do likewise with United.

He gave the club the Champions League in 1999 when he scored a last minute goal against Bayern and his vast experience in the European tournament would be a huge factor to steer United.

This season was nearly a disaster under Mourinho and Solskjaer would certainly be thinking of the trophy he can drop to get the permanent job, hive United a trophy and put a smile back to the club and the board. He might do a Di Matteo; who knows.

3.   Their players have shown resurgence.


If there are one thing going on at Man United right now, it's been the resurgence of the players. This was the same people Mourinho used before his sacking, people who performed poorly week in and week out but since Ole took over, what we can term to be resurgence have occured.

De Gea started the season poorly but he have been another man under the Norwegian boss. A player so crucial that he’s a reason in himself – David de Gea. One of the, if not the, best goalkeepers in the world, the Spaniard has almost made it a habit of pulling off Houdini-esque saves for Man Utd.

It’s indeed no surprise that he’s been their Player of the Year the last 3 seasons in a row before that trend was broken by Ander Herrera.

There are no two ways about it – if and when the Barcelonas, the Real Madrids, the Paris-Saint Germains and the Juventuses of the world come calling, the Red Devils will undoubtedly be on the back foot.

He have shown what he can do across the globe and even went on to break the all-time record for the most saves in a Premier League game against Arsenal last season. When it comes to the big European games, he can be the difference between a certain goal and an oh-so-close miss.


Phil Jones signed a new contract today and it's also a testament to his improvement. The English defender haven't been convincing since signing for the Red Devils   from Blackburn but with the type of form he is for now, United have the chance to take the trophy home.

Ander Herrera, Luke Shaw, Ashley Young and even Matic have been something else and their performance have steered the Red devils in the Premier League.

Victor Lindelof too have been a revelation. The Swedish defender is the best example of hard work and patient. He has been on fire this season and his displays is beyond imagination. He has adapted so well to the English game and can play against any type of striker. Provided Ole's men keeps up this type of form, then the Champions League would surely be theirs.

4.  They have a frightening Frontline


In Lingard, Lukaku and Sanchez, Mourinho has the ideal set of forwards for his counter-attacking style of play – three forwards who will put in a shift with their backs towards their goals. All 3 also possess blistering pace for a quick counter punch, while Sanchez’s silky dribbling and Lukaku’s brute force is another dimension that complements each other.
A fearsome attack filled of young talents.

Anyone would be imagining which attack surpasses that of Messi and Luis Suarez and the answer would be certainly none but there are different kinds of players and each have their different style of play.

United have two of the world’s best young talents in Rashford and Martial available as difference makers – both of whom can blitz tired legs late on or even from the start, this set of attackers could certainly cause some ruckus if they are left unshackled and allowed to hit their best notes.

Rashford have been on fire this season, having scored six goals in his last eight games with his form meaning target man Romelu Lukaku has to be starting from the bench.  United's front three at the moment  is too frightening and if their attacker's can continue to perform with their recent level, then the champions league might be theirs.

5. They have a strong midfield combinations


Forget the speculation and the criticism. Paul Pogba is one of the most complete midfielder in the world and at the moment , he's been the best.

Paul Pogba can control the midfield with the same quality he did in France’s World Cup triumph over the summer, there will be a few European giants worried. Capable of creating metronomic passes, bursting runs from midfield, thunderbolts of long shots, and even putting in a disciplined performance like he did against Belgium in the semi-final – Man Utd fans will dearly be hoping Pogba can put aside his rumoured tiff with the manager aside and show just how complete a midfielder he can be.

United do also possess the pieces to bring the best of the Pogba jigsaw. Nemanja Matic, an old Mourinho adversary, provides steel to the midfield – mopping up opposition attacks in their tracks while connecting the defence with the midfield – allowing Pogba to do what he does best. On the other hand, signing Fred provides for a tenacious box-to-box midfielder who’ll do just whatever the team needs him to do – putting in the lung-busting runs.

Their other options provide for different dimensions too. Ander Herrera provides for a tough nut yet blessed with typical Spanish creativity and art. Youngster Andreas Pereira is far from the finished product, but he seemed to be revelling in his new role as a deep-lying playmaker.

It would certainly be a surprise if Manchester United were indeed to go on and lift the Champions League come June 1 – but funnier things have happened in football with Leicester winning the Epl three years ago.

In summary, United can do it if they keep on performing at the highest level. They might be the underdogs in this competition but don't doubt the motive of this team led by a force man called Solskjaer.

Drop your thoughts United fans. What are your say on the possibility of your club winning the Champions league?

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