Sunday Times

United won’t give up on chase


● Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has refused to write off his side’s chances of lifting the Premier League trophy this season but admitted it would be unrealisti­c to think about overhaulin­g leaders Manchester City.

United, who are chasing their first topflight title since 2012-13, can move to within eight points of Pep Guardiola’s side if they beat Burnley today, with six games to play.

“Of course we will never give up,” Solskjaer told a news conference.

“Man United will never, ever give up. This team, this club has had too many setbacks, too many great comebacks to have that in our DNA.

“But is it realistic, no, because when you have a team so consistent as Man City have been you don’t expect them to lose three games out of the last six, but as long as we do our job we know we want to finish the season strong.”

That is not the endgame

United finished third last season, ending 33 points behind champions Liverpool and 15 points behind second-placed City. A top-two finish this season would spell progress, but Norwegian Solskjaer said his side had to aim higher.

“You have got to make progress and that is the reality,” he said. “You want to finish the season strongly and if we manage second then it is progress.

“That is not the endgame. The endgame is winning the league. It’s progress step by step and in the end if we do that well enough that is when you get trophies and league titles, which is our ambition.”

Solskjaer said forward Marcus Rashford remained a doubt for today’s clash due to a foot injury while Ivorian defender Eric Bailly, who missed the last four games after testing positive for Covid-19 during the internatio­nal break, is in contention for a place. —

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