Man Utd backed for Premier League title challenge following Liverpool’s win over Tottenham
Man Utd: Solskjaer discusses managerial pressure
Manchester United can win the Premier League title this season and talk over Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s future must stop, according to former Tottenham midfielder Jamie O’Hara. United are currently ninth in the table ahead of tonight’s clash against winless Sheffield United at Bramall Lane. However, two victories in both their games in hand would put Solskjaer’s side above Tottenham into second place.
Solskjaer has faced constant speculation over his future at Old Trafford in recent months.
The Red Devils crashed out of the Champions League when they lost 3-2 at RB Leipzig last week.
But O’Hara believes United are in a strong position to challenge for their first top-flight title since 2013, which means Solskjaer’s position should not be questioned.
Following Liverpool’s late 2-1 win over Tottenham on Wednesday, O’Hara told talkSPORT: “I’m telling you, if they win their games in hand over Tottenham they’re second in the league, they’d be on 26 points.
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“So you can’t get away from the fact that they’re there or thereabouts.
“You look at their form, it’s win, win, win, draw – they’re not getting beat.
“So all this talk about Ole out, it needs to be put to bed because if they keep getting results, they’re amongst it.”
Last weekend, all of the so-called ‘Big Six’ Premier League sides failed to win their respective matches.
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United played out a drab 0-0 draw with rivals Manchester City at Old Trafford on Saturday.
Solskjaer says European exploits midweek are having an effect on the top sides, and the lesser teams are better than some people give them credit for.
“I think it’s also a sign of the Premier League, the quality of the so-called lesser teams,” Solskjaer said at his press conference ahead of the visit to Sheffield United.
“There’s no easy game in the Premier League. Then again the top teams the last few seasons have just had a knack of winning tight games instead of drawing them.
“With the tight schedule and whatever is happening around the world and in peoples’ and players’ lives I think yeah we’ll see this throughout this season.
“Whoever gets a midweek rest might have a big advantage, because if you play midweek every week it’s hard to have everyone 100 per cent sharp for every game.”
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