Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has called on Manchester United to put together a title ‘challenge’ as they look for consistency ahead of a busy festive period of fixtures.
United currently sit ninth in the Premier League ahead of tonight’s clash against struggling Sheffield United, with the club heading to Bramall Lane on the back of a five-game unbeaten run in the league.
An unpredictable start to the season means that just eight points currently separate the top 10 sides, whilst the Red Devils have two games in hand on league leaders Liverpool and can move as high as second with victories in both fixtures.
It’s a remarkable situation given United’s inconsistencies this season and tonight’s clash with the winless Blades starts a hectic run of five fixtures in just 16 days, Solskjaer’s side facing Leeds this weekend before clashes against Wolves and Aston Villa in the Premier League and a Carabao Cup quarter-final with Everton next Wednesday.
Solskjaer believes that the festive period could prove defining in his side’s hopes of a successful season and suggested a positive run of results could move United into title contention amid a ‘very unpredictable’ campaign.
“This is a big run of games for us,” said Solskjaer at his pre-match presser. “I’d be disappointed if the players didn’t think we can put up a challenge.
“After the Villa game we have a little bit of a break in the league. This period is going to be vital and it will be easier for me to answer around that time.
“From kick-off against Sheffield United to kick-off against Villa it’s 15 days, so it’s going to be very tight.
“At the moment, anything goes in the league. This season is going to be very unpredictable and up and down.
“Whoever finds the consistency and the energy will have a better chance than in the last few seasons, because there have been a few runaway teams.
“For us, the quicker we can get the game in hand against Burnley played the better so that the league table looks as it should be.”