United Boss Promises To Fight On In Premier League Title Race

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has warned Manchester City there will be no let up from his side in their bid to apply pressure in the Premier League title race following Manchester United’s 3-1 win over Newcastle at Old Trafford.

After managing one victory in their previous five top-flight matches, Solskjaer felt Thursday’s 4-0 Europa League victory against Real Sociedad showed his side had got over their recent slump and United got back to winning ways domestically after seeing off the threat of relegation-threatened Newcastle.

While they fell short of those standards on Sunday, second-half goals from Daniel James and Bruno Fernandes goals secured victory after Allan Saint-Maximin had cancelled out Marcus Rashford’s fine opener – and Solskjaer refused to rule out catching their neighbours at the summit despite City’s 10-point advantage.

“I am never going to say it’s done until it’s done,” he said. “We have seen so many examples of teams that have hung in there, have kept working and have kept doing their own jobs. Something might happen. It’s not something we think about – we just think about our own performances.

“That’s the only thing we can control. We have got loads to play for, and as a team we’ve got loads to improve on.

“To build momentum by going on the pitch and playing well is important. We have had a couple of setbacks in West Brom and Sheffield United where I can sit here and explain why we did not get the points we deserved but that’s not what I want to do. For me, the boys are really focused.

“We have been good at recovering mentally and physically. It’s not easy playing Thursday night and coming back here. Maybe that’s why we needed 45 minutes to get going.”

Since losing three of their opening six games of the Premier League season, United have only lost one of their last 19 games in the competition and Solskjaer praised James for battling back into the starting XI.

Sunday Akintoye

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