Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has vowed to work on Manchester United’s ‘mentality’ as he bids to improve the club’s form against the division’s ‘lesser teams’.
Manchester United once again proved their capabilities against the Premier League’s leading sides this week, securing back-to-back wins against Tottenham and Manchester City to maintain the club’s impressive record against the league’s top six.
Solskjaer’s side are unbeaten this season against all four of the sides currently above them in the Premier League, though their record against the rest of the division has been decidedly indifferent, and leaves them facing an uphill struggle to secure a top-four finish.
On paper, United have what looks like a very winnable run of games over the next few weeks, with Everton, Watford, Newcastle and Burnley all to come before the New Year, and Solskjaer insists he will work with his side to eradicate their poor performances in games they are expected to win.
“If it’s a mental thing, then we can sort it out,” Solskjaer said. “We’ll work with the mentality of the boys.
“For me, it’s been very much about margins in those games. Some freak results that we can’t control. But if you look behind the results I’m not as negative as you are. I’m not so worried, so concerned.
“If the boys are then telling me they can’t get up for these games – then we’ve got a problem. Then I’ve really got to work with them because, when I played, that’s how we won the league.
“We never gave points away against the lesser teams, the not-so-good teams. The Premier League is difficult – if you don’t have that mentality you won’t get results. I’ll work on the mentality.
“We’ve had chances in every single game. There are so many games I could go through that we should have won. We know that we have to get better results against teams that drop deeper. We’ll improve on that.”