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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer led Manchester United on a 19-game unbeaten streak, dating back to January

Manchester United are getting back on track under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after a spell where players did not join the club for “the right reasons”, according to Peter Kenyon.

Following Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013, United signed several eye-catching signings that fell short of their bill, including Alexis Sanchez, Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao.

But Kenyon – who worked closely with Ferguson as United chief executive until his departure in 2003 – believes Solskjaer is reviving the club following his former boss’s lead in the transfer market. .

Peter Kenyon was managing director of Manchester United, before leaving to take on the same role at Chelsea in 2003

Peter Kenyon was managing director of Manchester United, before leaving to take on the same role at Chelsea in 2003

Kenyon said The telegraph: “I don’t think people fully understand what United is. United are a huge club and just because you are a world class player doesn’t mean you can go there and be successful.

“I don’t think United is paying the biggest transfer fees. While we have always paid really good salaries and competed in transfers – although Alex keeps saying we never gave him enough money – what we got were players who really wanted to be in United for the right reasons.

“I think they lost a little and get it back, and that’s why I think they will come back. Ole is good because he understands this aspect. It’s really important. “

Kenyon explains Ronaldo’s success, Ronaldinho’s failure

Kenyon’s last summer as United CEO saw him miss Ronaldinho signing at Barcelona, ​​but managed to bring in an 18-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo from Sporting Lisbon.

Cristiano Ronaldo joined United as a teenager in 2003, before moving to Real Madrid in a world record transfer in 2008

Cristiano Ronaldo joined United as a teenager in 2003, before moving to Real Madrid in a world record transfer in 2008

Ferguson was already interested in signing Ronaldo before United faced Sporting in a pre-season friendly, but he increased his interest after witnessing his very impressive performance.

Kenyon says Ferguson couldn’t even wait until the end of the game to make his move, saying, “I got a call at halftime saying ‘rather than go. [Ronaldo] here can we take it home please?

“So the team left the next day and I stayed to do it. ”

Kenyon was less successful in signing Ronaldinho, but says United have become uncomfortable with the amount of money needed to reward the Brazilian from PSG.

“We really tried for Ronaldinho and in the end we offered what was a load of money, even by our criteria,” explained Kenyon.

Ronaldinho joined Barcelona in 2003 and won the Balon d'Or in 2005

Ronaldinho joined Barcelona in 2003 and won the Balon d’Or in 2005

“Getting the player for the amount of money paid did not go well with United. It was decided that if he was right and we wanted to, we would pay because we could.

“It crossed the line and after reflection – and it’s not about his capabilities – it turned out to be a great decision. “

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United are currently on a 19-game unbeaten streak in all competitions, their longest streak since November 2010 under Sir Alex Ferguson (29 games). But while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team is still fighting for a place in the top four, is it fair to say that it’s the best United team since the great Scottish player left the club?

United have been in devastating form since the Premier League restart, scoring 21 goals in just eight games, and will face Chelsea in the FA Cup semifinals on Sunday in search of their first piece of silverware since 2017 under Jose Mourinho .

The maximum points from their last two games would still be 13 points lower than Mourinho’s total when they finished second in 2017/18, but there’s no denying that the club has progressed since the spring.

So the best United team in the post-Fergie era? It really depends on your definition of “best”.

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