Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen for Manchester United to ‘address’ their home form ahead of a ‘tough’ encounter against Chelsea this weekend.
United bounced back from a disappointing start to the season to secure an emphatic 4-1 victory at Newcastle last weekend, before beginning their Champions League campaign with a hugely impressive win at last season’s runners-up Paris Saint-Germain in midweek.
Those victories have raised optimism around Old Trafford ahead of this weekend’s clash with Chelsea, where the club will be seeking to win their first home fixture of the Premier League season after disappointing defeats to Crystal Palace and Tottenham respectively.
Solskjaer is anticipating a ‘tough game’ against a Chelsea side which have invested heavily in their squad this summer, and spoke of the importance of maintaining his side’s momentum when they host the west London side tomorrow evening.
“Of course, it’s very important,” the Norwegian said at his pre-match press conference. “Players, if you lose games, you’re determined to win, to bounce back. I saw that focus at Newcastle and after you beat PSG, it gives you more belief and confidence. Two very good performances and results but now it’s the next game and that’s what we’re focused on.
“[Chelsea’s start] is like many of us, some very good games, some lesser performances, football is just settling now and teams are just getting into their shape. We know it’s gonna be a tough game against Chelsea, we had maybe four or five games against them last year, two teams that know each other really well.”
United’s victories at Newcastle and PSG have extended their impressive recent record away from home, the club having now won 10 successive fixtures on the road stretching back to last season.
Solskjaer has discussed his side’s contrasting form in home and away fixtures, and says he is keen to ‘address’ United’s fortunes at Old Trafford as they seek consistency in both results and performances.
“I disagree with the 10 in a row because we lost to Chelsea and Sevilla, but at neutral [venues], okay.
“We need to address the home form, look at the way we prepare, maybe something I’ve got to deal with, the whole lockdown period has made us do things differently at home so we might have to do it in a different way.”