Manchester United beat Manchester City 2-0 on Sunday as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer saw his players record their third win of the season over their neighbours. And when asked if he is the right man to battle Pep Guardiola and Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, the Norwegian backed himself to be the right person to improve the Red Devils.
United are now unbeaten in their last 10 games, after recording seven wins and three draws.
This is their longest run without a defeat since Solskjaer’s first 11 games in charge of the club.
United remain fifth in the Premier League but the victory over City keeps up the pressure on fourth-placed Chelsea, who beat Everton yesterday.
When asked about closing the gap on the Premier League’s top two teams, Solskjaer praised his players as he expressed his confidence in his own ability to develop his young squad.
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“I haven’t beaten Pep three times, it’s my players that have,” Solskjaer said.
“Yes, I do believe in my capabilities of improving this club as much as I can.”
With nine league games remaining this season Liverpool hold onto a 25-point lead over City as they close in on their first Premier League title.
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And while Solskjaer is pleased with the improvements he has recently seen from his players, he admitted the club still needs to sign more players before United can compete for the title.
“We feel we’re improving all the time and we know we lack one, two or three players and some experience, to be considered a title contender,” Solskjaer said.
“We know that and we’re not going to start talking about that now.
“We’re going start talking about getting up up the table, getting more points and challenging for that top four because Chelsea and Leicester are too far ahead of us for my liking.”
A key part of United’s undefeated streak has been their ability to keep clean sheets.
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And after notching up another at Old Trafford on Sunday, the Red Devils have now kept eight clean sheets in their last 10 games.
However, while Solskajer admitted he is pleased this part of their game is improving, he feels it could have been 10 clean sheets from 10 games.
“Look at the two goals we’ve conceded though,” he said.
“One shouldn’t have been given against Club Brugge because the ball was rolling and the last one was David [De Gea’s mistake], so we are getting there.”
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