The Red Devils could pass second in the table on Boxing Day if they beat Leicester, but the manager is not carried away by his position
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his Manchester United team are not listening to early talks about the challenge for the Premier League title while working on continuous improvement.
United travel to Leicester for Boxing Day with the Red Devils one point behind Brendan Rodgers, who played the game more, and a win would take them a second to temporarily reduce the gap in leading Liverpool to just two points.
Their recent series of good form, in which they have been unbeaten in their last seven league games, has sparked a debate about the unlikely cost of the title.
United have not won a Premier League since Sir Alex Ferguson left the club in 2013, and third-placed Solskjaer were second-placed last season, after Jose Mourinho’s 2017-18 team has since sought second place.
But Solskjaer does not get carried away.
“There is noise around Man Utd anyway, so for us it’s to improve as a team, we take one game at a time and we have to, that’s the name of the game,” Solskjaer said.
“It’s the only way you’re going to challenge anything at the end of the season anyway, so it’s not something we’re talking about.
“The only thing we talk about and focus on is improving day in and day out and learning how to deal with certain situations, and maybe right now we’re getting praise, and that’s another thing to learn to deal with.”
The United manager had a warning for his rivals, as he expects their line forward to be even better.
Injuries, suspensions and illness mean Solskjaer couldn’t too often play their favorite front trio of Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood and Anthony Martial together, but, with three backs and progress, he expects bigger and better things.
He (Martial) has made an important contribution lately, he provided assists, scored goals, he became more ready, he showed it against Leeds and he knows that I am in his favor in this regard, and his current statistics from that game set a new standard for it, which I want to see more about, ”Solskjaer explained.
“He will always have quality and maybe his self-confidence is a bit damaged by what happened earlier in the season with a red card [against Tottenham] and he had a few criticisms, but Anthony will get better and better, and when Mason, Marcus and Anthony shoot all the cylinders, we will be a growing threat to the teams. “
Solskjaer will hope that his offensive line, whomever he chooses, will shoot at King Power on Saturday as he expects a tough test from Leicester, despite United’s win there on the last day of last season that secured Champions League qualifiers.
“It’s game by game now, we have to think that way,” Solskjaer said. “We had some very good games against Leicester, very close games, they are a very good side with a very good coach and I enjoyed watching them under Brendan, so it was a big test for us to go to their stadium in the summer and we passed that one. in colors.
“We played a controlled game and I know it’s not going to be the same now because it’s the second time of the season, but they have some threats you have to look for and we’re just going to have to sit down and think about who’s in shape and out of shape. “