Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has opened up on his side’s need to deal with ‘praise’, though has admitted that Manchester United cannot afford to keep going behind in games.
United have enjoyed a promising run of form domestically and have won six of their past seven Premier League fixtures, whilst the Red Devils moved into the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup with a 2-0 victory at Everton in midweek.
The upturn in form – including a 6-2 thrashing of Leeds last weekend – has sparked talk that Solskjaer’s side can challenge for the title this season, with the club currently third in the division and capable of moving within two points of league leaders Liverpool should they win their game in hand which is against Burnley.
Solskjaer has downplayed talk of a title tilt, however, but says his Manchester United side need to learn how to deal with praise, something which has been in short supply in recent years.
“There is noise around Man United anyway. For us, it’s about improving as team, take it game by game – we have to,” he said at his pre-match press conference. “That’s the name of the game, that’s the only way you’re going to challenge for anything at the end of the season anyway.
“It’s not something we talk about. The only thing we talk about is improving day by day, learning how to deal with different situations and maybe now at the moment we’re getting praise. That’s another thing we need to learn how to deal with.”
Solskjaer also discussed his side’s concerning habit of falling behind in away fixtures this season, with the Red Devils having remarkably come-from-behind to win all six of their away games during the current campaign.
United travel to face second-placed Leicester this weekend in a huge clash at the King Power Stadium and the Norwegian says his side can ill-afford to keep falling behind in matches, starting against Brendan Rodgers side.
“It’s going to catch up with you if you keep letting the other team take the lead, and Leicester are one of those teams who you don’t want to give a one or two-goal lead to because they have got so many players on the transition. If they can play on the result, you could easily concede two, three or four.
“So, we have to start as well as we did today [against Everton]. I thought we started excellently today and against Leeds. Of course, the first goal in any game is a very important one.”
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