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Man United boss Solskjaer predicts a ‘closer’ Premier League title race this season

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reckons next seasons Premier League title race will be a much closer affair than last year when it was a two-horse race between eventual champions Man City and runners up Liverpool.

There was a massive gulf in class from Pep Guardiola’s Man City and Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool to the rest of the top six last season, with third place Chelsea finishing a whopping 25 points behind second spot.

Many have predicted that City and Liverpool will continue to dominate next season, although Manchester United manager Solskjaer believes it is unlikely that their biggest rivals will have it all their own way again next term.

“The Premier League is a very competitive league,” Solskjaer told a press conference following of his sides 1-0 friendly win over Inter Milan in Singapore today.

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“What those two teams did last season was exceptional to get 97 and 98 points.

“I don’t think that will happen again. I think we will see a closer race this season.

“There are six teams who want to challenge for a Champions League place, there are one or two teams underneath who would [also] like that.”

United enjoyed a torrid campaign last season, finishing in sixth place in the Premier League, and Solskjaer has revealed that he wants his players to focus solely on themselves as they look to restore the Old Trafford outfit to its former glories.

“But our aim is to focus on ourselves,” the Norweigan added.

“We have to be better, improve, make sure Man Utd is our only focus and I’m sure we’ll get closer to the top.”

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