Premier League: Manchester United cannot give Chelsea any hope of catching them, says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Premier League: Manchester United cannot give Chelsea any hope of catching them, says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

United have been knocked off high spot by Manchester Metropolis on 26 January and a run of simply two wins in six top-flight matches means they’re now 10 factors behind their rivals.

Premier League: Manchester United can't give Chelsea any hope of catching them, says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

File picture of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. AP

London: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes the race for the Premier League high 4 will go all the way down to the wire as Manchester United put together to face Thomas Tuchel’s revitalised Chelsea on Sunday.

United have been knocked off high spot by Manchester Metropolis on 26 January and a run of simply two wins in six top-flight matches means they’re now 10 factors behind their rivals.

Second-placed United head to the Etihad Stadium for a Manchester derby conflict on 7 March however earlier than then they’ve back-to-back fixtures away to London golf equipment, with Sunday’s match towards Chelsea adopted by Wednesday’s sport with Crystal Palace.

“We have Chelsea simply behind us, we have got Metropolis away in entrance of us,” stated Solskjaer. “In fact we won’t allow them to run additional away if we’ve ambitions of catching them and we won’t give Chelsea an excessive amount of hope to catch us both.”

Solskjaer believes United are over their latest wobble forward of the match at Stamford Bridge, the place Tuchel has made a formidable influence since succeeding Frank Lampard final month.

The Blues have but to lose underneath the German and might halve the six-point hole to United on Sunday because the race for Champions League qualification spots heats up.

“You may see the outcomes, you possibly can see the stats, the possession they’ve had, they hold groups away from their very own objective, hold the possession,” Solskjaer stated.

“He is (Tuchel) finished rather well. It is by no means simple coming right into a season midway by means of so he should be happy as properly. Hopefully, we will cease that run. That is my job now.”

The Norwegian predicted a tense battle for Champions League locations with a 3rd of the season nonetheless to go.

Metropolis, United, Leicester and West Ham are at present within the high 4 however a clutch of groups, together with Chelsea and champions Liverpool, harbour ambitions of dislodging them.

“I do not assume the positions will probably be determined early,” stated former United striker Solskjaer. “With this season as properly, it is unpredictable.

“We have seen groups going by means of dangerous phases then a run after which who is aware of what is going on to occur with accidents, with how gamers react to the circumstances.”

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