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Solskjaer insists Man United defence is now ‘stronger mentally’

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists Manchester United’s defence is now ‘stronger mentally’ following the club’s improved defensive record in recent weeks.

United were criticised earlier in the season for a concerning defensive record, but have shown signs of improvement in recent weeks with five clean sheets in their past six fixtures across all competitions.

Those shut-outs include a 1-0 win at AC Milan in the Europa League on Thursday night, a result which secured the Red Devils’ place in the quarter-finals, where they have been drawn to face Spanish opposition in Granada.

Solskjaer has opened up on his side’s defensive strength and believes his backline are now ‘stronger mentally, revealing how his side have bounced back from recent mistakes to keep clean sheets in crucial wins over West Ham and Milan.

“We are used to speculation and every goal you concede at Man United is going to be scrutinised. That’s the way it is.” Solskjaer said at his post-match press conference.

“But I know these boys have become so much stronger mentally to deal with these things.

“We work on things, when you have a setback like we had against Milan in the last minute, we had a big… not row, but we had a little bit of a meeting.

“You saw against West Ham and you saw tonight there was no chance we were going to let any goals in.”

United travel to face Leicester at the King Power Stadium this weekend looking to secure their place in the FA Cup semi-finals, with Paul Pogba in contention to start after coming off the bench to score at the San Siro on Thursday.

Dean Henderson will also hope to keep his place in goal despite the return of David de Gea, the England international having impressed after being handed a run of games in the Spaniard’s absence.

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