Manchester United supervisor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says the highest 4 will not be out of attain after starting his reign with a 5-1 win over Cardiff Metropolis.
United are eight factors adrift of the Champions League locations however Solskjaer has not dominated out a cost up the desk within the second half of the season.
“We’ll take one sport at a time however we’re eight factors behind and we have caught up groups earlier than at this membership,” Solskjaer instructed a information convention.
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“Now, although, we have got to catch up a pair [of teams], however our job is to take one sport at a time.
“Do not look too far forward however we at all times play effectively in [the] second half of the season. Man United groups at all times do.”
Thanks to objectives from Marcus Rashford, Ander Herrera, Anthony Martial and two from Jesse Lingard, United scored 5 within the Premier League sport for the primary time since Sir Alex Ferguson’s ultimate match in cost greater than 5 years in the past.
However Solskjaer didn’t need to take all of the credit score.
“Since Mick Phelan’s final sport,” joked the Norwegian.
“They’re good gamers, very, superb gamers, proficient gamers.
“I am happy with all of them, each single one in all them.
“Whenever you’ve obtained Martial and Jesse Lingard down both facet, Rashford up high with Paul [Pogba] supporting them, it is exhilarating to watch and so long as we preserve that customary up we’ll preserve choosing up factors.”
Solskjaer has solely had one coaching session together with his new squad after being parachuted into the job following Jose Mourinho’s dismissal on Wednesday.
The 45-year-old mentioned a number of phrases of encouragement from Wayne Rooney had helped encourage him in his new position at Outdated Trafford.
“I arrived on Wednesday night time and solely had Thursday and Friday with the gamers. Wayne Rooney texted me and gave me some recommendation — so it should be down to him!” he laughed.
“He instructed me to make them play soccer, take pleasure in themselves and be Manchester United.”
Rooney, who had watched the match from the BT Sport studio, added: “It is a implausible day for the membership.
“Manchester United’s an enormous a part of my life and it was by no means good watching what was happening. As soon as Ole obtained the job, I assumed I might give him a message of congratulations.
“The gamers clearly regarded a bit restricted [under Mourinho]. The gamers have skill and right this moment we have seen that.
“Numerous issues have been occurring across the crew and across the supervisor, which is not good. Ole’s given them that freedom.”
Solskjaer has not been granted the time to change a lot however did say he instructed his gamers they have to not be out-worked on the Cardiff Metropolis Stadium.
It was a pointed comment on condition that, underneath Mourinho, United have been in direction of the underside of the league by way of operating stats and forward of solely Leicester, West Ham, Brighton and Cardiff.
“Right now they’ve approached the sport correctly, they’ve labored laborious,” mentioned Solskjaer.
“One of many issues I talked about right this moment is Manchester United crew ought to by no means ever be outworked.
“It does not matter what crew you play, it is best to run greater than them after which your expertise gives you an opportunity of profitable once more.”
Data from Reuters was used on this report.