Later News Feb 22

Manchester United are still in the title race: Solskjaer


They might be 10 points behind in-form league leaders Manchester City, with just 13 games left to play, but Manchester United remain firmly in the hunt for the Premier League title.

 

At least, that’s according to Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. No, really.

 

Probably buoyed by his side’s 3-1 win over struggling Newcastle United this morning (SGT), Solskjaer insisted that it would be foolish to write United out of the title race just yet.

 

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Solskjaer’s men earned the three points against the Magpies courtesy of goals from Marcus Rashford and Daniel James, as well as a Bruno Fernandes *fake gasp* penalty.

 

Never mind that Newcastle’s recent run of form has been so bad that they currently find themselves just three points above the relegation zone – Solskjaer was determined to milk this victory for all its worth, especially after his side recently dropped points against other relegation candidates in Sheffield United and West Bromwich Albion.

 

And Solskjaer was so punch-drunk pleased at getting the three points that he proceeded to state for the record that he believed his team were serious contenders for the title.

 

“I am never going to say it's done until it's done,” Solskjaer declared. “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.”

 

Of course, Solskjaer is absolutely right, despite what his naysayers (aka Liverpool fans) would want to believe. United ARE still mathematically in the title race, and as long as there’s a chance, there’s a chance.

 

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But only a brave punter would bet on United pipping City – whose 1-0 victory over Arsenal was so comfortable and predictable we didn’t think it merited a story of its own – to the title this season.

 

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