Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Bruno Fernandes' arrival was a catalyst for winning more games and that they have to take the 'next step' in the upcoming campaign as they aim to win a major silverware.
Fernandes has arguably been Man Utd's best player since his arrival in the January transfer window of 2020. The Portuguese midfielder instantly hit the ground running and helped the Red Devils to a third-place finish in the 2019-20 season. He continued to star for Man Utd in the next season, as the Old Trafford outfit secured a second place in the English top-flight.
United will be aiming to reach the Premier League summit in the 21-22 season, and they have done some impressive business in the transfer market, signing Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund and agreeing a deal in principle with Real Madrid over the transfer of Raphael Varane.
Solskjaer is entering his third full season in charge of the Red Devils, and the Norwegian manager says they have made progress in the last seasons and that they just have to improve in the upcoming campaign, while also praising the impact of Fernandes.
"I think we’re developing. We’re progressing. Last season was a good season, apart from you don’t end up with a trophy. I think everyone can see the progress," Solskjaer told Man Utd's official website when asked how he feels about the club's current situation. "The season before, coming third was a great achievement after all the changes we’d made, tried to gel a new team in.
"Of course when Bruno came in that was a catalyst for winning more games and last season I felt we were so close to challenging for the top.
"And now the next step has to be there. We just have to improve, hopefully we can add some quality to the squad and we’re ready to start the season well, That’s the main thing – to start well. The first game, then the first little bulk of games, to give us a foundation to build on."