Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reveals why Man Utd are ahead of Tottenham, Chelsea and Arsenal

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reveals why Man Utd are ahead of Tottenham, Chelsea and Arsenal

The Red Devils finished sixth last season after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer came in as interim boss in December, replacing the sacked Jose Mourinho.

Solskjaer was handed the job permanently having won 14 of his 19 matches in charge by late March after going on an initial 12-game unbeaten run.

But after inking a three-year deal, Manchester United were victorious on just three of their final 11 outings of the season.

In the Premier League, United won only two of their final nine matches as they squandered a chance to claim a top-four spot as Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal also all faltered.

United finished a massive 32 points off of champions Manchester City while their other rivals Liverpool were 31 points ahead in finishing second.

Yet Solskjaer believes his side rank above rivals Chelsea, Spurs and Arsenal – the teams they are more likely to be able to rival in 2019-20 – because of their record under him.

The Norwegian declared: “It did feel like it towards the end of last season, but it didn’t feel like it in the beginning when I came in. 

“And in the 21 games we had when I came in, we were still third in that 21-game period. 

“And that is including that bad spell at the end. It was only those two that were consistent, so we’re still third in that respect.”

But Solskjaer insists United will not looking at how they can catch City or Liverpool and must have faith in their own project.

“I think we have got to focus on ourselves,” he continued. “I don’t think I can look at Liverpool or City and think, ‘They are doing it this way.’  

“We have got to focus on us, and I believe in these players. They have shown me what they are capable of. 

“They have also shown me some negative sides, which we have got to work on – better habits, get consistency in training, which will get consistency in the games and results. 

“So you look at those two clubs, [Jurgen] Klopp and Pep [Guardiola], and as I said about Jose [Mourinho] and Louis [van Gaal] – I have no problem saying good things about people. They are good coaches, good managers, and we have to find our own way. 

“We can’t do it their way. We have to focus on what is going on at this club.”

Solskjaer has made two signings so far this summer as he looks to bolster his squad for next season, recruiting Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka with Harry Maguire, Bruno Fernandes and Sean Longstaff all targets as the former United striker targets more incomings.

United will get a good idea of where they stand in the Premier League straight away with Frank Lampard’s Chelsea and then Wolves – who finished seventh last term – their first two opponents of the new campaign.

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