Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has vowed to keep pushing and says Manchester United will never give up on winning the title.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists Manchester United will ‘never give up’ on the possibility of a remarkable Premier League title win.
If United beat Burnley on Sunday, they will be eight points behind leaders Manchester City after 32 games. Back in the 2011/12 season, City were eight points behind United after 32 games and clawed back the deficit to win the championship on goal difference on a dramatic final day.
City are not playing in the league this weekend due to their FA Cup semi-final with Chelsea and have played a game more than United. That could give the Red Devils a chance to perhaps close in the gap and put pressure on their cross-town rivals.
Solskjaer says United will never give up as long as it’s mathematically possible but admits it could be something of a herculean task.
“Of course we’ll never give up. Man United will never, ever give up” the Norwegian said to the club’s website. “This club has had too many setbacks and too many great comebacks to have it in our DNA.”
“Is it realistic? No, probably not. When you have a team that is so consistent as Man City have been, you don’t expect them to lose three games of the last six. As long as we do our job, we want to finish the season strong and go one game at a time.
“You’ve got to make progress, step by step, that’s the reality. If we can manage second place and keep winning and get second, if Man City win all games and we win ours, you want to finish strongly.
Solskjaer maintains that United are making progress, comparing last season to the current one.
“Third last year, second this, close to a trophy. It’s progress. It’s not the endgame – the endgame is winning the league.”
“But we are not in the era of Sir Alex [Ferguson] and we’ve had a transformation period since he left. That always would happen because there was nobody better, will never be. He was the boss. He was the one who was always difficult to replace him.
“But it’s progress, step by step, and if we do that well enough, that is when you get trophies and league titles which, of course, is our ambition is for titles. Everyone knows what I am talking about. It’s step by step.”