Solskjaer issues stern fixture warning; snaps at Man Utd transfer probe

Date published: Friday 3rd July 2020 11:12

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Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says his side “have a point to prove” to the sides they struggled against earlier in the season.

United‘s next five games come against sides to which they dropped 12 points earlier in the campaign.

Bournemouth are first up on Saturday, with the Cherries beating the Red Devils 1-0 in November.

After that come fixtures with Aston Villa, Southampton, Crystal Palace and West Ham.

And Solskjaer insists his side’s end to the Premier League campaign is far from straightforward.

“I keep seeing we’ve got an ‘easy run-in’. We lost to Bournemouth, drew with Villa, drew with Southampton, lost to West Ham, lost to Palace,'” the manager said.

“We have a point to prove, we must improve from those games.”

However, United go into the reverse fixtures in a much better position than they found themselves earlier in the season.

UNITED’S IMPROVED FORM

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Solskjaer’s side are now 15 games unbeaten, with January arrival Bruno Fernandes having a stellar impact. What’s more, Paul Pogba has shaken off his injury concerns and looks hungry to influence proceedings.

“It’s been a while since we’ve been on a run like this,” Solskjaer said. “When I first came in the run was a good one also but now definitely we are feeling confident.

“We are feeling in good form and they should be. We worked so hard in the lockdown period and they’re just getting sharpness and match fitness back.

“And when you perform like you have done, the Sheffield United and Brighton games were good. They should be confident.”

Solskjaer said there will likely be a “couple of changes” to the side that eased past Brighton on Tuesday. However, Phil Jones will return to training in “a few weeks” and Axel Tuanzebe will be out until September.

SOLSKJAER SNAPS AT TRANSFER QUESTION

Elsewhere in the press conference, Solskjaer was asked about the recent speculation about Borussia Dortmund-bound midfielder Jude Bellingham.

Earlier reports claimed United held a serious interest in the teenager, but a deal to take him to Germany now looks a formality.

Solskjaer said: “There’s been loads of speculation & linked us to every single talented player from the age of 15 to 25 really.

“I can’t comment on every single player that’s been linked with us.”

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