Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has warned Manchester City he will not be let go on his side in their bid to put pressure on the Premier League title race following Manchester United’s 3-1 win over Newcastle at Old Trafford.
After securing a victory in his five top-level appearances, Solskjaer felt Thursday’s 4-0 Europa League victory over Real Sociedad showed his side had overcome their recent crisis and United had returned to victory at the level national after seeing the threat of relegation. threatened Newcastle.
Although they fell short of those standards on Sunday, second-half goals from Daniel James and Bruno Fernandes ensured the victory after Allan Saint-Maximin called off Marcus Rashford’s fine opener – and Solskjaer refused. to rule out catching their neighbors at the top despite City. 10 point advantage.
“I will never say it’s done until it’s done,” he said. “We’ve seen so many examples of teams hanging in there, kept working, and kept doing their own work. Something could happen. It’s not something we think about – we think about. just our own performance.
“It’s the only thing we can control. We have a lot to play, and as a team we have a lot to improve.
“It’s important to build momentum by going on the pitch and playing well. We’ve had a few setbacks at West Brom and Sheffield United where I can sit here and explain why we didn’t get the points we deserved. but that’s not what I want, for me the boys are really focused.
“We have recovered well mentally and physically. It is not easy to play Thursday night and come back here. Maybe that is why it took us 45 minutes to get there.”
Since losing three of their first six games of the Premier League season, United have lost just one of their last 19 games in the competition and Solskjaer has praised James on his return to the starting XI.
“It has been a very good week for him,” added Solskjaer. “He worked hard and we have targeted a few games for his X-Factor. He gives us the defensive energy. I’m delighted that he achieves his goal and he is ready to go.
“He’s never gone away. He’s worked hard behind the scenes and has always been available. He’s always a player that you can use in different areas with his pace.
“We work with him, we try to help everyone, but of course Dan came from the championship, he scored a few goals in the first few games and it’s bound to take some energy from you. He gave in and gave up. really worked to get back. to great shape but maybe more to the confidence, to believe in himself. “
Bruce still confident about the recovery of fortunes
The result extended an undesirable record for Newcastle, who have lost each of their last 21 away games to opponents starting the day in the top three of the Premier League table, in a run dating back to February 2012.
Steve Bruce’s loss on his old playing field leaves the 17th-ranked Magpies perched just three points above Fulham’s resurgence.
Bruce said: “The first goal I’m sure we can defend better and for the second there is a deflection that takes him down James’ path. We are deflated but we can take a lot of positives. Allan has had a good chance and I am happy with the elements of our game.
“There are six or seven teams in and around the relegation zone with about 13 games to go. We’re one of them but I’m confident that everything will be fine. We stayed in the game for an hour. and one o’clock. the big turning point for us was the loss of Big Joe [Joelinton]. We hope this is not too serious. It’s a groin or hip problem, but it’s not so sure yet.
“The fans don’t want to see their team on the wrong side of the table and I understand that perfectly. We have a unique fan base that makes us the club that we are, but I still have confidence that we will be good.
“Allan (Saint-Maximin) for me is still not physically right after four months of absence [Miguel] Almiron was exhausted from the work he did. I was worried about both physically and the last thing we need right now is another injury to one of these two.
“It’s dark, but I was happy with the performance tonight, especially in the first hour. We just need to start turning those performances now into results.”
Manchester United will host Real Sociedad in the Europa League round of 16 second leg on Thursday (kick-off at 8 p.m.) before traveling to Chelsea on Super sunday; coverage begins at 4 p.m. on Sky Sports Premier League and Main event with kick-off at 4.30 p.m.
Newcastle will host Wolves next Saturday at 8 p.m. on Sky Sports Premier League and Main event; coverage begins at 7:45 p.m.