Ole Gunnar Solskjaer performed down Manchester United’s title hopes after Marcus Rashford’s last-gasp effort towards Wolves moved them as much as second within the Premier League.
A topsy-turvy 12 months began with supporters calling for the heads of govt vice-chairman Ed Woodward and the Glazer household, whereas Solskjaer’s place got here underneath elevated scrutiny earlier on this marketing campaign.
And regardless of Tuesday night time’s dramatic victory taking the Purple Devils to inside two factors of reigning champions Liverpool on the prime – Solskjaer remained coy when speak of a title bid got here up in his post-match press convention.
Requested at what level he and the gamers acknowledge they’re in a title race, the United boss stated: “There’s no title race after 15 video games.
“You’ll be able to lose the prospect of being in a race within the first 10 video games, after all you possibly can.
“However play one other 15, get to 30 after which possibly we are able to begin speaking a few title race, once you get to March or April, when now we have no less than performed greater than half a season.
“However the perception is there. After all the gamers go into each sport considering we are able to win towards anybody anyplace.
“Away we’ve proven what we’re able to. I feel we’re enhancing at house as properly and this result’s large for confidence and for the perspective.”
In the meantime, the Norwegian says he can’t see the advantage of a two-week circuit week break within the English top-flight amid a surge in coronavirus instances on this nation.
The Premier League not too long ago confirmed 18 optimistic COVID exams amongst gamers and employees in its newest spherical of testing – the best quantity recorded in 2020/21 to date.
Manchester City’s journey to Everton on Monday was postponed hours earlier than kick-off as a result of quite a few optimistic instances inside the City camp, whereas Aston Villa vs Newcastle was additionally referred to as off earlier this month.
“It’s not one thing I’ve considered so much. I feel our gamers have been actually good in following protocols and guidelines,” Solskjaer admitted.
“That’s a part of the job right here, that we as golf equipment observe the protocols given. I can’t see the profit in having a circuit break, no matter it’s going to be referred to as.
“As a result of when are we going to play the video games? Everyone knows this 12 months is so troublesome, however I don’t assume stopping the video games goes to make an enormous, large change.”