Ole feels the league table is likely to change
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says it is too early to worry about the Premier League standings, but things could change once the busy festive period has been concluded.
The Reds have a small break until returning to action in Thursday's trip to bottom-side Sheffield United ahead of a home clash with Leeds United on Sunday at Old Trafford.
After some interesting results over the weekend, there is a congested look to the top of the table, with some of the leading sides dropping points.
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Of course, United and City drew in the Manchester derby, while Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool picked up a point on the road in London (at Crystal Palace and Fulham respectively). Another of the fancied clubs, Chelsea, were beaten 1-0 at Everton.
Leicester City and Southampton remain in good positions (third and fourth) and there could be plenty of changes during the next few weeks, with first to eighth currently being separated by just five points.
"You know, I think Christmas time, with the amount of games in a short space of time, an uneven amount of games, of course there will be changes in positions," said Ole.
“We have [played] a game less anyway but it’s a big moment in the season, around about Christmas. You get to new year, and then a little break with the FA Cup, and maybe we’ll have a clearer view on how it will look for us. Now we’ve recovered from the setback of the Leipzig game, we wanted three points [on Saturday] but couldn’t get that.
“Now we’re looking forward to the Sheffield United and Leeds United games."
If United could rack up consecutive wins against the two Yorkshire sides this week, ahead of the Carabao Cup quarter-final with Everton, it might leave the table looking quite healthy - even if we are currently only eighth.
With Boxing Day bringing a trip to Leicester, it is a key time and, as Ole says, a number of the positions could be altered before we head into 2021.