Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists Manchester United’s league position ‘is not the biggest concern’ following the club’s disappointing home draw with Aston Villa.
For the second successive week, Manchester United would squander a lead to drop points to a newly promoted side, and the pressure is continuing to mount on Solskjaer following another below-par display from his side.
Having fallen behind to Jack Grealish’s stunning strike, a Tom Heaton own goal and Victor Lindelof put United ahead only for Tyrone Mings’ sweetly struck volley to hand the visitors a deserved point.
The result leaves United in ninth, eight points adrift of the top four, though Solskjaer believes their current position is not of a concern given the tight nature of the division, fifth-placed Spurs and 17th placed Everton being separated by just six points.
“The league table at this point is not the biggest concern because it is so tight,” Solskjaer said at his post-match press conference.
“I wouldn’t have sat here and talked about us being fifth if we had got that one goal extra.
“I just need to make sure that we get three or four performances after each other – and results.
“What I can say is so far we have had the lead in so many games and we haven’t been able to win those games. Six or seven times we’ve been 1-0 up, or 2-1 or 3-2 like last week.
“We should be better at seeing those games into wins.”
United will be looking to get back to winning ways when they host fifth-placed Tottenham at Old Trafford on Wednesday. The clash will see the Red Devils face former manager Jose Mourinho for the first time since his sacking at the club last year, the 56-year-old having overseen an impressive start to his reign at Spurs since being named as Mauricio Pochettino’s successor last month.