The manager of Manchester United Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has vowed not to give up on the Premier League title chase despite the 10 points gap between first-placed Manchester City and United. The Norwegian tactician believes that anything could happen in the course of the season that could open the door to United to take the lead.
Manchester United have not won the Premier League title since the club’s legendary coach Sir Alex Ferguson retired from coaching the club at the end of the 2012-2013 season. Since then, the club has been struggling to return to dominance in the league.
The club started the 2020-2021 season struggling to win games. It became so bad that most fans of the Red Devils began to ask for the sack of coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer due to poor run of games. But the club’s board decided to trust in the Norwegian tactician.
Fortunately for Manchester United, things began to turn out well for the club especially towards the end of 2020 and at the beginning of 2021. The good run of games catapulted United from below the top ten on the league table to the first spot.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his boys spent a couple of weekends at the top of the league table before Manchester City took over the reign. The consistency of City coupled with the fact that United dropped few points widen the gap between United and City.
Currently, coach Pep Guardiola has made Manchester City looked like a team that can not be beaten. They are currently enjoying an outstanding 25 games unbeaten run which has kept them rooted at the top of the league table with 59 points in 25 league games.
Despite such a scary form, coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he has seen instances where clubs in the mode of Manchester City ended up dropping points in the course of a league campaign. Hence, he believes that City could hit a brick wall soon to United’s advantage.
To maximize such an opportunity if it ever comes, Solskjaer has noted that Manchester United must keep playing their part by not dropping points. Hence, he insisted that Manchester United have a lot to play for in the remaining 13 games left in the 2020-2021 season.
“I am never going to say it’s done until it’s done,” Solskjaer said after Manchester United’s 3-1 victory over Newcastle United on Sunday. “We have seen so many examples of teams that have hung in there, have kept working, and have kept doing their jobs. Something might happen. It’s not something we think about – we just think about our performances.
“That’s the only thing we can control. We have got loads to play for, and as a team, we’ve got loads to improve on.
“To build momentum by going on the pitch and playing well is important. We have had a couple of setbacks in West Brom and Sheffield United where I can sit here and explain why we did not get the points we deserved but that’s not what I want to do. For me, the boys are really focused.
“We have been good at recovering mentally and physically. It’s not easy playing Thursday night and coming back here. Maybe that’s why we needed 45 minutes to get going.”
So far this season, Manchester United have only lost four games in the Premier League. Three of the defeats came at the beginning of the season. In their last 19 Premier League games, the Red Devils have only suffered a defeat which earned them 49 points in 25 games.