Man Utd must use and beat Liverpool example to become Premier League champions
For the few Liverpool fans watching Manchester United's defeat to Sevilla on Sunday night it might well have been a case of deja vu.
In May 2016, the same season Jurgen Klopp was appointed, Liverpool lost in the Europa League final to the Spanish opposition.
The following summer Liverpool purchased Sadio Mane, Georginio Wijnaldum and Loris Karius. Two out of three's not bad. Klopp also sanctioned the exits of Christian Benteke, Jordon Ibe, Joe Allen and Mario Balotelli.
They came fourth and secured Champions League football.
That summer they signed Mohamed Salah, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Andrew Robertson, while getting Mamadou Sakho off their books for a remarkable £25million. Midway through the 2017/18 term Virgil van Dijk was brought in and Philippe Coutinho sold for a club record fee.
Their reward? Runners up in the Champions League and another fourth placed finish in the Premier League. Their transition was close, however.
In Klopp's third summer in charge Liverpool signed Alisson, Naby Keita, Fabinho and Xherdan Shaqiri.
Champions League victory ensued the following year. Finally their patience and good work had been rewarded. Liverpool also finished runners up to Manchester City with a record number of points, enough to win the Premier League in any other season of its existance.
With little transfer activity in the summer of 2019, not that much was needed, Liverpool finally won the Premier League.
Get the point, United fans? United's transition echoes that of Liverpool's four years ago. But they can beat their rival's timeline to success.
Solskjaer has a head start in that his squad is better than Liverpool's in 2016. He now must not be afraid to make cutthroat decisions – if Victor Lindelof is not good enough so be it. Sign a better defender.
If United need a better holding midfielder so be it. Sign someone who is younger than Nemanja Matic and better than Fred.
And if Solskjaer really believes Sancho is must-sign player then so be it, pay the enormous fee and just get him in.
United should not be embarrassed by Liverpool's remarkable rise but instead use it as motivation. Progression has been made this season, they're so much more exciting to watch than in the past.
But United must keep pushing hard until they win the league. No exceptions.
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