Manchester United dressing room is ‘louder’ amidst Premier League title challenge
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has actually said Manchester United are focused on the long game rather than the chance to go top of the Premier League in January for the very first time given that Sir Alex Ferguson retired.
The 20-time English champs have not managed a sustained title challenge because Ferguson stepped down as United coach after winning the Premier League in 2012/13.
But a promising 10-game unbeaten run has Solskjaer’s side level on 33 points with leaders and champs Liverpool, who they will usurp with a positive lead to their game in hand at Burnley to set-up a savory meeting at Anfield this Sunday.
United have actually not been leading of the table at this phase considering that Ferguson’s last project, however Solskjaer has repeatedly downplayed the value of that prospective feat ahead of Tuesday’s journey to Turf Moor.
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” We require to get points versus Burnley before anybody can say you’re top of the table, however that’s a position that we have put ourselves in,” the 1999 treble hero said.
” So I wish to think that we go into this game not thinking about where we’ll wind up tomorrow night in the table however where we can end up in the table in May. That’s what matters.
” You collect the points throughout the season, so if at one point you believe, ‘Ah, we’ve made it now, we’ve cracked it’ and you relax, that’s when it’s going to strike you back.
” So we’re extremely focused, we have actually got some good characters in the team. The dressing space is louder, it’s more vocal.
” Naturally we’ve got the experience of Nemanja Matic, who’s won [the league] a few times, Juan Mata, David [de Gea], Edinson [Cavani] Bruno [Fernandes] coming in, I believe he wishes to feel part of a group that’s going to be challenging for prizes, so we have more players that grab the situation.”
Solskjaer’s side remain behind Manchester City and Liverpool in the bookmakers’ chances to become this season’s Premier League champions. But that will not irk the Norwegian as his evolving team continues to make progress, thanks in no little part to an improved mindset within the group.
” I’ve been fortunate enough to have actually played in a team with loads of characters, that we look after ourselves, inner justice,” Solskjaer stated. “Because you don’t just let yourself down, you let your group down and I think you require leaders there to truly grab hold of the ones who wander off out of line and within what we concurred as a group.
” Due to the fact that when you belong to a football group, there’s nothing more powerful than being part of a group that keeps together.
” I have actually also seen teams that have inner circles, that they do not work together – that’s the killer of a group. So, that’s a big, big thing, that the group press themselves.
” I’ve been lucky adequate both in Molde and here now to have a feeling that I can trust them more and more to look after themselves.”
Solskjaer has a nigh on fully-fit squad to pick from at Burnley, with Victor Lindelof and Luke Shaw okayed and Eric Bailly and Paul Pogba to be evaluated ahead of kick-off.
Cavani can likewise be called upon at Turf Moor after serving a three-match restriction for a social networks post that utilized the word ‘negrito’.
” You can see he’s a player who has been looking after himself the entire profession,” Solskjaer said. “The little things like what he wants for lunch, what he desires for [a] pre-match meal, what he does prior to the games, in the gym, how focused he is while we’re training. He doesn’t let slip that.
” He understands he’s here to enhance and prepare yourself for the video game, so those little things that you can see in gamers that have actually had professions and those routines I actually like.
” However perhaps it was the pre-match meal or lunch prior to a night video game, he desired his meal in one specific method, which is a player who’s been discovering throughout his career what works for him.”