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Solskjaer sends warning to EPL title rivals

Solskjaer sends warning to Premier League title rivals after draw with West Brom

February 14, 2021 By Emmanuel K. Budu-Annor
The Norwegian manager is adamant that his side will settle for second position after failing to grab a win against West Brom on Sunday.

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has stated that his side is not willing to settle for a runners-up finish at the end of the season after their title charge hit a snag on Sunday. The Red Devils slipped further behind league leaders Manchester City after settling for a point in the 1-1 draw with West Brom at the Hawthorns.

Following a rather poor start, United conceded the game's opener in under just three minutes through Mbaye Diagne's header. The former Galatasaray shrug off a challenge from Victor Lindelof before redirecting Conor Gallagher's cross past David De Gea. Nevertheless, what could have been a famous win for Sam Allardyce's men was prevented before half time through another moment of brilliance by Bruno Fernandes.

In the end, none of the chances that emerged after the first half goals was properly utilized to alter the scoreline although a string of top saves by the two goalkeepers on the field can also be cited in accord. For Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the draw meant that his team have so far taken just six points from their last five league games.

In retrospect, United could only reduce the point margin between them and rivals Manchester City to seven, although that could be increased to 10 should Pep's men get the better of Aston Villa in their remaining outstanding match. Despite the odds favoring the Etihad outfit, Solskjaer still maintains that his men will not be perturbed by the night's result and will look to mount a strong challenge to get closer to the Premier League title.
"It's disappointing, of course," the Norwegian coach stated in his post-match interview with Sky Sports.

"We've come away with two points less than we wanted to. The start was difficult. They put us under pressure as you expect when they get a kick-off and we couldn't clear our lines.

"Then again, we get 90 minutes-plus to get two goals. I'd rather concede in the first than 92nd minute.

"We just couldn't get enough big chances. Great goal we scored, fantastic technique by Bruno after some very good build-up play and pressure."

When asked whether Manchester United were now playing for second spot, he said: "No, I don't think so. I think no one will give it away this early.

"Of course no one knows this season, it's so unpredictable, life is so unpredictable. Anything can happen.

"Of course we're not going to settle for second, of course we're not."


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