“We’re Not In The ’90s Now,” Says Solskjaer About United’s Lost Fear Factor

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has explained why his current Manchester United side is not as fearsome as the team of the ’90s.

The Red Devils endured another frustrating game on Thursday night, as they failed to beat Dutch outfit AZ Alkmaar in the Europa League, with the final score reading 0-0.

This latest result was in line with a string of poor, toothless displays from the Mancunian giants in all competitions.

Solskjaer’s men are well and truly struggling to convincingly beat their opponents, and the manager himself believes it is because his young squad is yet to fully blossom.

When asked if Manchester United no longer have the fear factor, Ole replied (via The Telegraph): “We’re not in the ’90s now. It’s a different era, a different group that we’re building. We know there are going to be ups and downs.

“I’m ready to see these boys blossom. There are not many clubs with our stature that play the young players that we do. They’ve got a chance to come through and we’re sure some of these will be part of a successful team.”

The Norwegian added: “I don’t know what the opponents think of us. I just know sometimes when you walk off games, we’re not doing bad here.

“Sometimes there’s a gap. I’ve felt that a couple of times but not very often. I can’t think about what anyone else is thinking about us. We will need to improve and that is what we have to do.”