Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is warning his players against complacency ahead of this weekends game against Brighton, saying he is aware that his side are expected to ‘dominate’ at Old Trafford.
After an atrocious start to the season under Jose Mourinho, their worst in almost 30 years, Manchester United have enjoyed a fantastic renaissance under the stewardship of Solskjaer, who has steered the club on a six-game winning streak.
While their first four league games were against Cardiff, Huddersfield, Bournemouth and Newcastle, their victory against Spurs last weekend has sent confidence soaring among the Old Trafford faithful that a top-four finish is a distinct possibility.
While many pointed to last Sunday’s Wembley clash as being Solksjaer’s first big test, the Norwegian has insisted that it is in the kind of games against this weekends opponents, Brighton, when United are expected to ‘dominate’ that the players should really focus on securing all three points.
“As I’ve said before, you go into every single game as a Manchester United coach, player or manager thinking you’ll win the next one, that’s just the nature of this club,” Solskjaer said in his pre-match press conference.
“We’ve had six good games but the next one is the most important one.
“Everyone said about Tottenham being the test. I don’t think that’s a test in attitude, the players are going to be up for that game.
“I’m now looking for a reaction in a home game against a team you should dominate and be better than. These are the points that will get you up the table.”
United have closed the gap on fourth-placed Chelsea from 11 points down to six, and have drawn level on points with Arsenal in fifth.