Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has delivered a somewhat obvious insight into his side’s struggles this season, admitting the club have had ‘too many draws’ – and defeats.
Sunday’s disappointing home draw with Aston Villa leaves the club in ninth position in the Premier League, eight points adrift of the top four and facing the prospect of another season without Champions League football.
The draw with Villa saw the club drop points from a winning position for the second successive fixture, and Solskjaer admits the club’s failure to turn draws into wins has contributed to their stuttering start to the new season.
“We’ve had too many draws for my liking – defeats as well – but draws we should have turned into wins,” the Manchester United boss said at his pre-match press conference. “The work that is going on here is always geared toward improving us.
“Three or four days is not going to change a lot but these games are a good chance for us to prove things.
“And prove to ourselves that we can continue in the vein that we have been against the better sides and we have a plan for Wednesday night.”
United host former manager Jose Mourinho and a resurgent Tottenham at Old Trafford on Wednesday night, knowing a victory will see the club move above the North London side in a tightly-contested league table.