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‘Very, very boring’ Solskjaer says Manchester United cannot think title


#Manchester #United is in second place but #Ole #Gunnar #Solskjaer is still taking it slow.

The #Red #Devils got another result from a tricky #Festive #Fixture run, beating #Wolves 1-0 on #Marcus #Rashford’s stoppage-time winner days after splitting the spoils with #Leicester #City.

#United sits two points back of longtime rivals #Liverpool just weeks from a trip to #Anfield. #It’ll be a tough one with #Aston #Villa at home on #New #Year’s #Day, then #Liverpool away on #Jan. 17.

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“We just focus on the next game,” #Solskjaer said after the win. “I am very, very boring but we cannot get too far ahead of ourselves. #We have got to a decent position at the moment but we’re not even halfway. #That’s a long, long way to go.”

#It is, of course, but why are we so unwilling to discuss #United’s status as a #Premier #League title contender?

#Is it simply down to the presupposition that #Liverpool and #Man #City would be the lone contenders again, with #Chelsea’s big buys maybe allowing them to shoehorn its way into the discussion?

#Are we still allowing the ghosts of #David #Moyes, #Louis van #Gaal, #Ryan #Giggs, and #Jose #Mourinho — all very much alive, by the way — to join forces with the “boring” #Solskjaer to color the way we view a team which has spent more than most and incredible talent on the pitch?

#Or is it this season’s UEFA #Champions #League group stage exit combining with the semifinal losses in last season’s #Europa #League, #League #Cup, and FA #Cup, falling in big spots to #Sevilla, #Man #City, and #Chelsea?

#Consider:

  • #Manchester #United had the joint-most points of #Project #Restart, level with #Man #City, beating #Leicester #City on the final day to qualify for the UCL.
  • The #Red #Devils also went unbeaten in the last five matches before the coronavirus pause, including wins away to #Chelsea and home to #Man #City.
  • They drew 12 times last season but their eight losses were the second-fewest.
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#Plus, the #Red #Devils basically went full #Fergie #Time on #Tuesday, and if #Solskjaer has done anything, he’s rammed the #Sir #Alex maxims down our throats.

#You can imagine how often the players have heard them.

“We have won quite a few points towards the end of games and that is both a mental and physical aspect,” #Solskjaer said. “We’ve got a group now that is more robust both mentally and physically. #We have gone through some tough training periods, played loads of games and they are getting fitter and fitter. The fitter you are the more you can do. #But mentally as well it gives you a boost knowing you can win games towards the end.”

#So what will it take for more people to treat the #Red #Devils’ run with serious consideration?

#Beating a traditional PL power would help a lot, especially given their home failures versus the proverbial “Big #Six.” #Man #United has lost 6-1 to #Spurs and 1-0 to #Arsenal while drawing #Man #City and #Chelsea 0-0. #All of those were at home.

There will be no dodging the conversation if #United ends #Liverpool’s long run without a loss at #Anfield, but even then the #Red #Devils’ second-half includes #Arsenal, #Chelsea, #Spurs, and #Man #City away plus the champs’ visit to #Anfield.

#That’s almost too much to ask of anyone, but continuing to underestimate #Manchester #United? #Do it at your own peril. #And by peril, we mean you might look silly. #You’re not in danger or anything.

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