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Man Utd backed to challenge Liverpool and Man City as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s overhaul hailed

Former Manchester United midfielder Jesper Blomqvist has been impressed by the progress the Red Devils have made under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The Norwegian took over from Jose Mourinho in December 2018 and he led United to a third-placed finish in the Premier League and three semi-finals during his first full campaign in charge.

This season United look set to finish second to rivals Manchester City and Blomqvist, who spent several years as Solskjaer’s team-mate at United, has backed the club to challenge the likes of City and Liverpool provided they continue to progress.

Speaking to talkSPORT, Blomqvist said: “We’re not there yet because we’re not anywhere near Manchester City or Liverpool.

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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is set to be handed a new contract
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is set to be handed a new contract

“They have quite a bit [to go] still, but if we keep progressing, keep in in the same pace as we have now, we’ll be there definitely.

“I definitely do think so. It was a bit frustrating with the FA Cup against Leicester. But they’re getting closer and closer. For me, the most important thing is that you can see the progress on the pitch if you compare it with a couple months back.

Jesper Blomqvist believes his former team-mate has “done a fantastic job” at Old Trafford

“Winning silverware is of course the final target, but as long as you can see the progress on the pitch, you will be happy.”

Solskjaer’s current contract is due to expire at the end of next season but he is set to be handed a new three-year deal, with club chiefs convinced he is the right man to lead the club.

“I’m really pleased for him and I think he’s really done a fantastic job,” Blomqvist added. “It wasn’t an easy task for him when he came in. He’s done brilliantly.

“It’s still a little bit up and down, but the things he’s changed… the mentality is getting better every day, every week, every month. So I’m happy for him and I’m happy for the club.”

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