''They’ve Got The Match Winners'' - Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Backed By Former Teammate To Lead Manchester United To Champions League Glory
Can Manchester United win the Champions League this season?
If you’d have responded ‘yes’ to this question a couple of months ago you’d have been mercilessly mocked, especially considering that the Red Devils had just been drawn against PSG in the last-16 of the competition.
Fast-forward to the current day and many United fans will be feeling rather confident about not only upsetting injury-hit PSG, but perhaps even conjuring up a run through to the Final.
After all, anything can happen in football.
Look at Porto’s sensational triumph in 2004, or more closer to home; Chelsea’s miraculous 2012 success under interim boss Roberto Di Matteo.
The latter is something United’s own interim manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, will no doubt hope to replicate this term, although he’d never reveal that out loud.
However, one of Solskjaer’s former Red Devils teammates, Darren Fletcher, has backed the Norwegian to propel his troops to the European summit this season.
“United are hitting form at the right time,” Fletcher said to talkSPORT.
“They’re not going for the title (Premier League), although they’re battling for the top four.
“I think worse teams than this Man Utd team have won the Champions League in history or at least got to the latter stages and I have seen worse teams go all the way.
“Sometimes the tournament is not necessarily the best team wins it but the form teams win it. They’ve definitely got the capabilities, they’ve got match winners, and Ole has got that United mindset. He’ll be thinking ‘we can win this competition’.
“A little bit of good fortune, that Old Trafford crowd like it’s going to be tonight, absolutely rocking, and I think it could take them a long way.”
There’s still a long way to go of course, with 16 teams still fighting it out for glory. But if United can get a decent result against PSG in the first-leg tonight they will put themselves in a great position to progress through to the quarter-finals.