Sun. Jan 17th, 2021

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When Manchester United believe they can become Premier League title challengers

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has dismissed talk of a potential Manchester United title challenge 15 games into the Premier League season.

United moved up to second oin the table through Marcus Rashford‘s 93rd minute strike against Wolves, their latest Old Trafford victory since Michael Owen‘s derby decider in 2009.

Although United are waiting for the Premier League to schedule a date for their postponed match at Burnley, they have played an equal number of games as Liverpool at the time of writing and trail by only two points.

Usually, by the end of the calendar year teams have fulfilled half of their league fixtures but United have 23 more matches to play in the top flight.

“There’s no title race after 15 games,” Solskjaer stressed. “You can lose the chance of being in a race in the first 10 games, of course you can.

“But play another 15, get to 30 and then maybe we can start talking about a title race, when you get to March or April, when we have at least played more than half a season.

“But the belief is there. The players go into every game thinking we can win against anyone anywhere. Away, we’ve shown what we’re capable of, we are improving at home as well and this result is massive for the confidence and for the attitude.”

United began 2020 with a 2-0 defeat at Arsenal that left them fifth and five points behind Chelsea in fourth but they go into 2021 second to Liverpool, in the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup and with an FA Cup third round tie at home to Championship side Watford.

United started the season with three home defeats in their first four league games at Old Trafford and suffered ejection from the Champions League but they are unbeaten in their last 10 domestic matches.

“You get that by personalities, by recruitment,” Solskjaer said of the team’s improvement. “We have added that spark, I think.

“But also when you get results, and things are going your way, that helps. We brought it up early on in pre-season, that we need to add more points to the board towards the end of games, that is something we do as a club and we’ve done that so many times and we have done it a few times this season as well.

“Physically, we last games more. I have to say I feel for Wolverhapton, they have had only one recovery day, I don’t think it’s right for any player or team to have one day between games and we were the lucky ones with an early kick off at Leicester [on Boxing Day].

“We had less recovery before the Leicester game. Players deserve at least two days in between and I think it showed towards the end.”

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