Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says there are a number of factors behind Manchester United’s recent form.
The boss highlights the players’ attitude and mentality, as well as their confidence ahead of Saturday’s Premier League clash against Bournemouth. The Reds enjoyed a 3-0 walk over against Brighton during the week to extend their unbeaten run to 15 games.
When the PL restarted we all hoped for a top four finish but things have opened up and we could climb into third place come the end of the season. Leicester are free falling and Chelsea slipped up against West Ham last time out.
“Well I think it’s tightening up of course,” Solskjaer told United’s official website. “Results are going to go both ways, there are so many games and teams will have to rotate their selections… things can happen. That’s just how the Premier League is; if you don’t perform at your best you’re not going to win games and we’ve just got to focus on ourselves. At the moment, if we do our own job I think it’ll look good.”
The biggest difference for United is that they’re putting away the teams they should be. The Reds have a great record against the top six but it’s the matches against lesser opponents they struggle in.
“There are many, many things [factors behind United’s form]. The focus is on one game at a time and the boys are working hard now and they did so over lockdown. They’re fit and they’re confident. When you’re confident it’s so much easier to go into the next one feeling that little bit sharper. We’re getting fitter and fitter the more games we have now. I’ve just been impressed by the attitude and the mentality of everyone. We know it’s there and you just need to keep focusing on your job for Bournemouth then it’s the next one after that.”
But players are likely to tire quickly with so many games crammed into a short period of time. Managers up and down the league will be expected to rotate in a lot of the remaining fixtures.
“Of course there are a couple of knocks. You do start feeling things now after a kittle bit so there might be a couple of changes, but let’s see. The boys who didn’t play on Tuesday want to play and are ready to step in if they have to.”
Hopefully we take three points from Bournemouth without any fresh injuries.