Michael Owen is adamant the good times are set to return to Manchester United – and admits he badly misjudged Ole Gunnar Solskjaer upon his appointment.
United, with January signing Bruno Fernandes pulling the strings, are 11 matches unbeaten and making progress in two cup competitions as the 2019/20 season waits to restart.
And Owen now believes his former club have shown some strong green shoots of recovery and could soon be tasting trophy success once again.
“I think with this current stop, Manchester United might be the one team that wanted to continue playing, they were starting to get into a real good run of form,” the pundit told ESPN FC.
“[Bruno] Fernandes had signed, he is a fantastic signing, [Paul] Pogba will be back soon.
“This break has been good for [Marcus] Rashford as well, he’ll be back fit.
“All of a sudden, you’re looking at Manchester United – and I haven’t been able to say this for years – but you’re looking at that squad thinking ‘wow, they’re on their way back’.
“They spent lots of money on their defence, they’ve still got one of the best goalkeepers in the world, it’s starting to look very promising for Manchester United. I haven’t been able to say that for a long time.”
Owen, who also recently made this massive claim about Liverpool, questioned the wisdom of Ed Woodward and Co when Solskjaer was first drafted in as Jose Mourinho’s replacement.
However, he now admits he misjudged the Norwegian and got his initial assessment badly wrong.
Owen added: “I must admit, right at the start [of the season] you’d have to question [Solskjaer’s appointment], because they were looking like there was no improvement.
“But just in the last month or two before the season stopped, I was starting to think he was doing the right thing and building a certain type of team that they didn’t have in the last few years.”