Manchester United can dethrone champions and arch rivals Liverpool this season, according to Old Trafford chief Ed Woodward.
United can go level on points with Jurgen Klopp’s Premier League leaders with a win over Aston Villa at home tonight.
The Reds, champions of England a record 20 times, have not won the title since former boss Sir Alex Ferguson stepped down back in 2013.
But executive vice-chairman Woodward believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has developed a squad capable of pushing for the title this season and re-establishing United as the country’s top club.
“There is much to be excited about on the pitch as Ole and the team head into the new year competing strongly in the Premier League and with three cups still to pursue,” said Woodward.
“The team’s positive form has lifted all our spirits in recent weeks, winning seven and drawing two of our last nine domestic games.
“There are many positive statistics showing the progress made under Ole in the past year. But they tell only part of the story.
“Just as important is the work we see being done behind the scenes, to build a winning culture consistent with the club’s traditions of attacking football played by youthful, hard-working teams, fusing homegrown talent with top-class recruits.
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“We’re getting closer to those objectives as the squad continues to develop following the arrivals of Bruno Fernandes, Donny van de Beek, Alex Telles and Edinson Cavani.
“Our ongoing investment reflects the tremendous resilience of the club and our commitment to supporting Ole, while remaining disciplined at an extremely challenging time.
“As always, our priority is to win trophies and, with the team going into the new year competing on four fronts, we are optimistic about the path ahead in 2021.”