Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes the Premier League will continue to throw up unpredictable results all season because of the condensed schedule and the quality of the “so-called lesser teams”.
Liverpool and Manchester City have dominated the league for the past two seasons, while no team has won the title with fewer than 93 points since 2016 – despite that being the sixth-highest points total in the competition’s history.
But this season’s table is shaping up very differently, with just five points separating the top half of the table, leading to managers such as Frank Lampard suggesting the points total needed to win the Premier League this season will fall.
None of the big six clubs won last weekend and Solskjaer says the start of the season being delayed due to coronavirus is one of the main factors.
Asked about the unpredictable nature of the 2020/21 season, he said:
“It’s a sign of the Premier League and the quality of the so-called lesser teams. There’s no easy game in the Premier League.
“The top teams in the last few seasons, they’ve just had the knack of winning tight games instead of drawing them.
“With the tight schedule and whatever is happening in people’s lives, I think yes, we’ll see this throughout this season.
“Whoever gets a midweek rest might have a big advantage, because if you play midweek every week, it’s hard to keep everyone 100-per-cent sharp.”