Man Utd: Solskjaer given ultimatum by Dublin
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has insisted he’s not nonplussed by his side’s away from. The Red Devils travel to Leicester on Boxing Day looking to continue their charge towards the Premier League title. They currently sit third in the table on 26 points, five behind leaders and current champions Liverpool with a game in hand.
United have won every away game in the Premier League this season, boosting their chances of title glory in the process.
Yet they’ve found Old Trafford a struggle, with all of their three defeats coming at home.
Speaking ahead of the match against Leicester on Saturday, Solskjaer was asked if he found himself scratching his head at their away results.
But the Norwegian has snapped back by saying: “No, why should I? I go into every single game thinking we can win it.
“If it’s at home or away it doesn’t really matter at the moment, even though tonight [against Everton] we had some fans and the noise was really good and enjoyable.
“It’s not like it used to be a year ago. Away or home, it doesn’t really matter.”
Solskjaer has hailed Anthony Martial for his improvement, with the France international recently scoring against Sheffield United and Everton.
“Yeah, Anthony has made some important contributions lately: assists, scored goals, he is getting fitter,” he said.
“I think he showed against Leeds that he knows that I’m on to him about this and his running stats from that game set a new standard for him, which I want to see more of.
“He’s always going to have the quality. Maybe his confidence has been bruised a little bit by what happened earlier in the season, with the red card and he had some criticism.
“But Anthony is going to be better and better.
“When we get Mason [Greenwood], Marcus [Rashford] and Anthony firing on all cylinders, we’ll be a bigger threat for teams.”
Solskjaer has also praised Leicester, admitting he enjoys watching them under Brendan Rodgers.
“Well, it’s game by game, we have to think like that now,” he said.
“But Leicester… we’ve had some good games against Leicester, very tight games. They’re a very good side with a very good coach and I’ve enjoyed watching them under Brendan [Rodgers].
“It was a big test for us to go down there at their stadium for the last league game of last season in the summer.
“We passed that one with flying colours. I felt we really controlled the game. I know it’s not going to be the same now because it’s a different time of the season.
“They have some threats that you have to look for and we’ll just sit down and think about who’s fit and who’s not fit.”
Solskjaer also feels United are improving all the time, adding: “We’re getting better and better.
“These boys know what I want from my team.
“Certain games give you a chance to run in a different way; they’re all different in their own way.
“The Leeds game was very open and end to end, loads of running. That shows we do have the capability if required.”
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