I do. I think this squad is better than the likes of Crystal Palace, Watford, West Ham, Newcastle, Bournemouth and Arsenal, all of which have battered us.Do you think this squad is honestly better than 5th whilst battling for 4th? We're pretty much where I expected we would be though we've had Martial and Pogba out for lengthy periods plus been hit by injuries to the likes of Bailly and McTominay which have really impacted our depth.
Yes there have been some really frustrating performances and some that simply aren't good enough but you can see the players buy in and you can see we have some direction for the first time in years. Whilst we've had some poor results and performances, we've had some excellent ones and our record against the 'top 6' clubs has been exceptional. If we'd beaten Watford, Newcastle, Bournemouth and Villa for example but lost to City, Liverpool, drawn with Leicester and Spurs we'd be in the same place pretty much and they wouldn't be results you'd generally be up in arms about.
We're bringing through some really talented young players and have given a lot of debuts, not simply throw away minutes at the end of a league Cup game either. We've seen the likes of Rashford and McTominay really kick on, Williams and in particular Greenwood have pushed their way in and been given the chance to do so. Other managers may have persisted with the experience of Mata and Young for example.
Then we've got the likes of Garner and Laird as well as others who you trust will be given opportunities under Ole. We've struggled with our best player missing and a really depleted squad but are pretty much where this squad should be and (in my opinion at least) seem to finally have some sort of plan forward.
I for one and actually pretty enjoying this ride and am prepared to see how it goes at least until this time next year. We've got the makings of a team moving in the right direction and now the recruitment is absolutely key. I've taken a lot of pride in the young lads this season and I don't believe we'd be seeing them get these minutes under most managers out there.
Which manager out there do you genuinely think would have this team significantly better off, given the same circusmtaces this season?