Nedum Onuoha says United could use their win against Newcastle as a stepping stone to future success (0:44)

MANCHESTER, England – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is saying the right things to put Manchester City on the wire but he would be forgiven if he didn’t even believe Manchester United are after a 3-1 win over Newcastle on Sunday back in second place in the Premier League table With City winning 18 straight wins at Arsenal on Sunday, the odds give Solskjaer’s team less than a 1% chance of winning the title

To put it into context, the experts believe there is an equal chance that they will descend instead

United have a lot more to play this season and a trophy in the FA Cup or Europa League would gloss over a campaign where Solskjaer can already confidently point to progress, but Solskjaer’s job over the summer is to get closer to the city come Until then, his players are playing for their place in the squad, which is what Norwegian hopes for the next step forward mean

Newcastle meanwhile is going in the other direction and after an eighth defeat in the last 10 games they were only three points above the relegation spots, which put Steve Bruce under more pressure. For Solskjaer it was a positive end to a day, the one with the announcement began Nicky Butt and Mark Dempsey needed at the bank after some of his employees were forced to self-isolate under COVID-19 protocols

“We have good employees elsewhere,” said Solskjaer afterwards. “Of course it was a different preparation for the guys, but that is the situation we are in. We have to be ready

“We didn’t create enough in the first half, even though we had most of the ownership, we had to reinforce it, and we did it in the second half

“I’ll never say that [the title race] is over until it is over You have seen so many examples of teams that just hang in there, keep working, do their own job and something could happen. We don’t think about it – we think about our own performances and our own games That’s the only thing we can control. We have a lot to play and improve “

Solskjaer will support his core young players – namely, Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood, Scott McTominay and Aaron Wan-Bissaka – to keep getting better, supported by his established older players like Bruno Fernandes and captain Harry Maguire, however, it already has Talks have taken place between Solskjaer and his recruiting team about a plan for the summer transfer window, and the players who are already here have three months to prove that their positions don’t need upgrades

Club bosses have not tried to hide the fact that the coronavirus pandemic, which has prevented fans from attending games at Old Trafford for almost a year, has impacted finances, but vice-chairman Ed Woodward and the Glazers will continues to make money available for transfers now the question is how Solskjaer uses it there won’t be a major overhaul as he prefers a gradual change of players but as he approaches his two year anniversary as a permanent manager the focus needs to be on how he ended waiting for a track

If you ask United fans what the team needs, you will find several arguments that should be a priority anywhere from center-back to center-forward This shows the scope of the task, and it will be Solskjaer’s task to decide on the task positions that need fresh faces the most

Solskjaer, who watched on Sunday, was not pleased to see his team conceded from a speculative cross into the box that allowed Allan Saint-Maximin to briefly score 1-1 Ligator they have scored this season, as has Fulham on 18 At the other end, Anthony Martial’s struggles continued as first-choice striker until he was replaced with 20 minutes left. After 17 league goals last season, the Frenchman has only scored four goals this season, two of which in the 9-0- Victory against Southampton were achieved

There’s no doubt about Rashford’s place in Solskjaer’s plans, but the English striker had a far more productive night, scoring the first goal with a terrific run and an impressive finish before his close touch and quick feet won a penalty for Fernandes 22nd Goal of the season In between, Dan James scored his sixth goal in his last nine games for club and country and his third in as many games for United

James, the 23-year-old winger, has had to be patient this season but he confirms Solskjaer’s decision to turn down loan offers from Leeds United last summer and back on the team, James took his opportunity to show he was deserves to be long-term. Others may not be so lucky

“Dan works hard, he’s a great boy in and around the place,” said Solskjaer, who also debuted 17-year-old academic Shola Shoretire, “He knows he’s been very close a couple of times when you die To score number of goals he has at the moment the confidence has to be sky high

“Dan with his energy, x-factor and pace gives us something that is difficult to play against when you’re a defender. It’s been a very good week for him”

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