Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Ole: This is a big period of the season

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has outlined how important the next few weeks could be in Manchester United’s season.

Between now and the international break in March, the Reds face huge Premier League matches against three of the division’s top five sides in Chelsea, Manchester City and West Ham United, as well as a tough away trip to Crystal Palace.

On top of that, Ole’s men also will play AC Milan in a Europa League last-16 double header, before rounding off March with an Emirates FA Cup quarter-final at Leicester City.

With such a pivotal run of fixtures ahead, Ole is under no illusions how vital it will be to get results over the next few weeks.

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“We just have to focus and tick one game off at a time and, as you say, the [next] three games are massive,”
he told reporters via video link, in Friday’s pre-match press conference for the trip to Stamford Bridge. 

“We’ve got Chelsea just behind us, we’ve got City away in front of us and of course we can’t let them run further away if we have ambitions of catching them and we can’t give Chelsea too much hope of catching us either. 

“Every game is important and from now until the international break will be a big period. We always say, let’s look at April and May and see how we are then, so let’s get to the international break and then we can focus on the run-in.”
While Ole was keen to emphasis the importance of the next few weeks, he’s also anticipating plenty of twists and turns in the remaining months of the 2020/21 season.

“Yes, I think it is going to be a long-running [battle in the league]. I don’t think the positions will be decided early,”
he said. 

“The season is unpredictable, we’ve seen teams go through bad phases and turn it around. Who knows what’s going to happen with injuries and with how players react to the circumstances because it is the shortest long season ever with the amount of games.

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“For me, every game is massive. Of course, Chelsea, we know how difficult that’s going to be and how important that’s going to be.

“It is still 38 games for every team so if you get a run, either good or bad, it’s going to impact you,”
he continued. 

“Of course, our group and the culture, bouncing back after a couple of setbacks we’ve had, going through now, it is an important period. Our group mentality is really good, and we look forward to these big games.”

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