Man Utd: Solskjaer discusses managerial pressure
Manchester United can put themselves firmly in the race for the Premier League title – if they can find some consistency in the festive fixture schedule. That’s the view of United midfielder Fred, who is refusing to rule out a title challenge for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.
United go into Thursday’s game with Sheffield United knowing a win will move them back up the table, a point outside the top-four with a game in hand.
Since losing to Arsenal at the start of Novemeber, the Red Devils are unbeaten in five league games, coming from behind to win three of them.
Including the visit to the Blades, United have six games in just over two weeks and Fred believes his side can catapult their way to the top of the table.
“The key to coming back and winning is our concentration in every game, going on to the pitch to do our best and be decisive and to believe,” he said.
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“Our team have done this in some games this season, we’ve had some great performances, so we must aim for this consistency, to continue having great games and to go very far with a run of great performances.
“We’re very close to the top of the table and we’ve got some big games coming up in December.
“If we can win all of them, we’ll be very close to the leaders at the top of the league or we could even take first place.
“So we’ll look to win every game and I’m certain our team will do everything to reach the top of the table and stay there.”
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However, pundit Kevin Phillips has claimed that unless Solskjaer sells Pogba in the January window, they will be unable to mount a challenge.
Phillips, speaking exclusively to Ladbrokes at its launch of the 5-A-Side Bet on West Brom v Aston Villa, said: “Ole is certainly under pressure for me.
“That’s just natural and it’s what comes with inconsistency, which has been a massive problem for Manchester United.
“Can they go and challenge for the Premier League? No. There’s just too much going on off the pitch to think about that.
“You look at the whole Paul Pogba situation. I think he needs to leave the football club.
“While Pogba is still there, Solskjaer is going to be asked the same old questions.
He added: “No messing about; the club is bigger than the player. David Beckham was sat in the stands with the supporters away at Leeds.
“If I’m a Man United player now, I wouldn’t want Paul Pogba around. I wouldn’t want every interview I’m in to be centred around him.
“I’d want to be asked about challenging for the Premier League title and signing world class players.”
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