The end of the season matters most for Manchester United

This start is far from ideal for Manchester United. Just five points from four games is a woeful return and not what we had envisioned or hoped for.

Realistically this season was always going to be about re-building, and the club’s actions in the transfer market has made this clear.

So in that sense, we all need to practise a bit of patience and not overreact to a disappointing start.

This season the true barometer of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United is not how it starts, but how it ends.

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The be all and end all is not a top four place, although that should remain the target.

The most important factor this United side need to show is progress, and to end the season strongly.

Last season United ended terribly, in a run of form which had every supporter wishing the 2018/19 campaign to hurry up and end.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was given a free pass on that one. It was not his squad, and he had not had enough time to add his own imprint and vision to the side.

That will not be the case next May. Solskjaer’s United will need to show signs of progress.

If despite the struggles to begin the season, United can end it with a run of wins and a strong league placing, that is how Solskjaer will be judged.

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Solskjaer has been cautious with young players, perhaps too much so.

Angel Gomes, James Garner, Tahith Chong and Mason Greenwood have made a combined zero starts, with only the latter coming off the bench.

While frustrating right now, realistically all four could be regulars by the end of the season.

If Solskjaer has been able to ease in the talented quartet and get them playing to the best of their abilities by the end of the season, then this season could end with a positive vibe.

We have to try and stay patient and stay the course as the season goes on. It won’t be easy. Frustrating results are the new normal for United.

If in May, it means United’s youngsters have stepped up as regulars, and the team are winning games again, then it will all be worth it.

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