Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists Manchester United still have ‘a point to prove’ despite their upturn in form and a seemingly easy run of fixtures as the club look to secure a top four finish and Champions League qualification.
Manchester United have restarted the Premier League season in fine form and have stretched their unbeaten run to 15 games in all competitions either side of the season’s suspension, with the Red Devils’ midweek win at Brighton leaving the club just two points adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea.
Solskjaer’s side face struggling Bournemouth this weekend and will be hoping for another positive result as they bid to secure a place amongst Europe’s elite, and the United boss believes his side are ‘on the right track’ following a series of encouraging performances.
“We believe we are on the right track,” Solskjaer said at his pre-match press conference. “We believe we can improve upon what we are now and close the gap further.
“For me, it’s just about the next game and improving all the time. I believe in a certain way of managing a club, the players and the staff, I’m just doing what I think is right. That’s what I’ve done all of my life. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.”
United have a favourable looking run-in in comparison to their rivals and face three of the division’s bottom six in their final six fixtures, though Solskjaer was keen to warn against overconfidence against several sides battling for Premier League survival.
“I’ve seen lots of quotes that we have an easy run-in, but the next five games we’ve got Bournemouth, we lost to them in the previous game, Aston Villa, we drew to them at Old Trafford, Southampton we drew, we lost to Palace, lost to West Ham,” the Norwegian reminded fans. “So they are teams we have a point to prove against and we know we have to improve on our last performances against them.
“We know that to win a game, we need to perform.
“Yes Bournemouth are struggling, fighting against relegation, but they will come here and will fight for points. They are one of the best teams in the league on set pieces. They scored against us last year on a set play.
“But if we play at our best, we should create enough chances to deserve to win the game.”