It has been a turbulent start to the season for the Norwegian, who was said to be edging towards the exit door before his side recorded a much-needed win at Everton prior to last month’s international break.
United subsequently endured the ignominy of exiting the Champions League and dropping into the Europa League following last week’s defeat defeat at RB Leipzig but, in keeping with their roller-coaster season, edged a five goal thriller at Bramall Lane last night.
The victory moved Solskjaer’s side to within five points of leaders Liverpool with a game in hand ahead of Sunday’s grudge match against Leeds. And, while United looked susceptible defensively against the Blades, it was their attacking flair which ultimately carried them to victory.
Harnessing the talents of Bruno Fernandes, Paul Pogba, Mason Greenwood, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial has not always been possible this season for a variety of reasons and Owen believes that quintet are crucial to United’s hopes of keeping up with the pacesetters.
‘Well they can, yeah. I think there’s a few teams that can this season, definitely,’ he told Amazon Prime. ‘I think the only way they can, though, is to get their best players out on the pitch.
‘If you’ve got Paul Pogba in your squad, Bruno Fernandes, these great players, you can’t possibly win the title if they’re going to be in the stands.
‘So you’ve got these unbelievable players you’ve invested millions in, you have to find a way of playing them. Because the only way Manchester United will win the title is with their best players playing.
‘That is such an exciting team out there today and he’s got to find a way to play that team more often.’