Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists his focus is on establishing Manchester United in the Premier League’s top four and says the ‘league table doesn’t matter now’.
Manchester United currently trail league leaders Liverpool on goal difference but can move top of the Premier League if they avoid defeat in their game-in-hand at Burnley on Tuesday evening, ahead of a huge showdown between the two rivals at Anfield on Sunday.
Solskjaer’s side have moved into contention following an impressive 10-game unbeaten run over the festive period, and while the Norwegian has said it’s far too early to assess his side’s title credentials, he has insisted that his side are ‘better’ than last season.
“Well, we are better off this season compared to the same time last year,” he said at his pre-match press conference. “We’ve won more games, we’ve scored more goals, we’ve played better football. That’s a positive, but as I said, no-one remembers the January league table.
“For us, it’s just about developing this team [and] improving. I think we’ve shown again that we can bounce back after a disappointment. I thought the lads who played in the FA Cup game showed good character and good attitude and quality.”
💬 "We have to be aggressive and go into every game humble and working hard," adds the boss.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 11, 2021
Solskjaer spoke on his objectives for the campaign following a positive run of form for his side, though insists his priority remains to reestablish United as top-four regulars following an inconsistent period for the Red Devils since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement.
“Since Sir Alex [Ferguson] left, we’ve been second, third, fourth, fifth and twice sixth, once seventh. It’s important for us to establish ourselves up amongst [the top four].
“We’ve only been in the top four three times since Sir Alex left. If we can do that again and improve on third, that’s progress. When I played, it was completely different, of course.
“We were really disappointed if we didn’t win the league. When we played, we were third once, but most of the time we challenged against one team. The league is different now; there are so many top teams that can challenge and can look at themselves as candidates to challenge the top teams.”
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