Manchester United suffered their first Premier League defeat under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on March 10 2019.
That 2-0 loss at Arsenal was the match where the momentum Solskjaer had built up during his interim spell really started to dissipate.
Solskjaer was unable to get the season back on track and this current run of ten games unbeaten is the best run he’s overseen since then.
Here are three reasons why United are capable of ensuring this season doesn’t go the same way as the last.
United are fitter now
Solskjaer tried to bring a high tempo gameplan in mid-season last time around and the players fell away under those sudden demands.
United were struck down by a host of injuries towards the end of last season, which left Solskjaer short on options.
Solskjaer is still without Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba but the players are now more prepared for the demands of his style of play.
The mid-season break has made a difference too, with United looking fresher after their trip to Spain for warm weather training last month.
The Portuguese midfielder has lifted the whole club and shows no signs of slowing up.
He is relentless; always looking to play forward, putting his all in defensively and demanding more of his team-mates.
Paul Pogba caught fire under Solskjaer last season but faded away. Fernandes, on the evidence we’ve seen so far, should have no such trouble.
Solskjaer does need to manage his workload accordingly though, especially in relation to the Europa League.
United are more adaptable now
Solskjaer’s early success came with a 4-3-3 system and he only occasionally tinkered for the big European ties.
Now, United can move seamlessly from three to four at the back.
That makes them more unpredictable to play against, able to deal with a wider range of threats as well as being able to absorb injury blows more effectively.
Solskjaer should be confidence his side can keep this good run going a little while longer yet.
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