Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits Manchester United can’t afford any more slip ups as his side enter a ‘deciding period’ in the club’s season.
United face West Brom in the Premier League this weekend having fallen five points adrift of Manchester City in the title race, a dramatic 3-3 draw with Everton seeing the Red Devils lose further ground on the league leaders.
Solskjaer’s side bounced back with a 1-0 win over West Ham to move in the FA Cup’s quarter-finals in midweek, and now face a defining period in their season with a Europa League meeting with Real Sociedad following Sunday’s visit to The Hawthorns.
United also face meetings with Chelsea and Manchester City in late February and early March, with Solskjaer admitting his side can ill-afford any setbacks as they prepare to enter a ‘deciding period’.
“It’s an important spell. Every game there’s fewer possibilities to gain points on the teams in front of you. Sunday is a big one,” Solskjaer said at his pre-match press conference.
”Dropping two points against Everton [last Saturday] was disappointing, the win against West Ham was a step in the right direction.
“You go into every season trying to improve,” he added. “If we improve it is a step forward, if it is a big enough step forward we will see at end of season.
“We are going into a deciding period. Now we need to get consistency higher and be more clinical in front of goal. We have a chance to end this season with a feeling of it being successful. We have shown qualities that can win us trophies.”