Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sends fierce warning to Premier League rivals

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has backed Manchester United to keep up their good run of form until the end of the season.

The Red Devils extended their unbeaten run to nine games with a 3-0 win at Derby in the FA Cup on Thursday.

In that time they have conceded only two goals and are looking much more compact and easier on the eye at the moment.

While they are still in the Europa League and FA Cup they are also pushing hard for a Premier League top four spot.

And going into the next round of fixtures they are only three points behind fourth-placed Chelsea with 10 games to go.

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The current run is United’s best since the Norwegian first took charge of the club in December 2018, which saw them win 10 games in 11 unbeaten.

After that the team suffered a dramatic slump in form but Solskjaer says he is not worried that there will be a repeat this time.

“They’re fitter, better mentality, we had a winter break, added a few signings, injury-free, getting players back and the whole squad is ready to go,” he said.

“I’ve got a big squad. We had, I don’t know how many, hamstring injuries last season because we weren’t ready to do what we asked them to do.

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“More and more players are injury free, there is more competition for places and I feel I have a strong squad. The players are more resilient, more robust to do more games than last season.”

Two goals from Odion Ighalo and another from Luke Shaw made it a comfortable night for United against Wayne Rooney’s Derby at Pride Park.

Next up though is their toughest test for a few weeks as rivals Manchester City visit Old Trafford this weekend.

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While Pep Guardiola’s men have already come to terms with the fact that a third successive Premier League title is going to allude them, they still have a lot to play for.

After winning the Carabao Cup last weekend, City beat Sheffield Wednesday to move into the FA Cup quarter-final.

And they are in a good position to do the same in the Champions League after beating Real Madrid 2-1 in the last 16 first leg.

Should United pick up the three points against their rivals then fans will be starting to believe that the tide is finally turning for their team.

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