Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists he is ‘not buying into the narrative’ that Manchester United are in poor form despite the club’s disappointing recent performances.
United have dropped to 14 points behind league leaders Manchester City following a run of four draws in their past five league fixtures, whilst the club’s past three games in all competitions have ended goalless following a stalemate at Crystal Palace in midweek.
Solskjaer’s side struggled to create goalscoring opportunities during the draw at Selhurst Park in a lacklustre showing from the club’s forward options, though the United boss insists he has no concerns about his side’s recent showings and has dismissed suggestions the Red Devils have had a ‘dip in form’.
“We have had a week without scoring a goal, not six weeks’ of bad form,” Solskjaer told his pre-match press conference ahead of this weekend’s Manchester derby.
“We beat Real Sociedad 4-0 and Southampton 9-0. The amount of games can have an effect.
“I am not buying into the narrative that we have had such a dip in form. We have defended well but we have lacked a little spark to score a goal.”
United’s downturn of results has led to suggestions the club could be in danger of slipping out of the Premier League’s top four, their advantage over fifth-placed West Ham having been reduced to just six points.
Solskjaer’s side travel to face champions elect Manchester City at the Etihad this weekend, looking to halt a winning run which was extended to 21 consecutive fixtures with victory over Wolves on Tuesday evening.