Solskjaer reveals what Manchester United are lacking ahead of the new season

The new season kicks off next weekend, and Manchester United play host to Leeds United at Old Trafford on August 14.

Manchester United ended the pre-season with a 4-0 bashing of Everton, but United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes more work needs to be done ahead of the start of the 2021-22 campaign.

United started last season in very poor form and it contributed in stopping the team from fighting intensely for the title despite finishing in second place.

Solskjaer has backed his team to start the new season in better form, and while he admits that this summer’s pre-season has been better, he also acknowledged that some of the players are still lacking the required match fitness to start the campaign.

“It’s a big week,” Solskjaer said as he spoke ahead of next week’s league opener. “It has to be some work specific to Leeds, but we need some more fitness.

“These first three games, before the international break, is still part of pre-season but we need to get some more points than last season.”

Assessing his squad’s pre-season as a whole, Solskjaer said: “We’ve had a longer pre-season than last year.

“Last season we had a full group for five days, just the last week before the Palace game, so that was a very difficult one naturally because we went so far in Europe.

“This summer, at least everyone has had three weeks off, some have had four, some have had five. We’re still lacking a few match minutes for a few but we’re getting there, we’re better prepared than last season.”