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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists that Manchester United are one of England’s most consistent teams despite their uneven start in the Premier League.
United ranked ninth in the table after nine games leading up to the weekend, five points behind leader Tottenham with one game down.
Solskjaer’s side headed to fifth-placed West Ham in a key game on Saturday that gave them a chance to win a fourth consecutive Premier League game.
They were also seeking a ninth consecutive victory in the top flight away from home, a streak that is already the longest in the competition’s history.
While Wednesday’s 3-1 Champions League loss at home to Paris Saint-Germain sapped morale, Solskjaer feels there is a lot to be excited about in the months ahead.
And he rejected suggestions that United is inconsistent, believing that the 6-1 home loss to Spurs in October is playing a key role in the perception of their 2020-21 start.
“I know the narrative is that we are really inconsistent and I am not one to argue too much, but if you look back from when the lockdown started or even from the end of the January transfer window, I think we are one of the most consistent from the country, ”Solskjaer told Sky Sports.
Of course, Tottenham’s defeat turned into something big, but we were 10 men, without having had preseason.
“To be consistent, you need to watch more than two or three games. You should look at 10, 20, 30, 40.
Liverpool and Manchester City have been exceptional in the last two years, but there are still two teams too far ahead, in my head anyway, because I want us to be the best.
“Having said that, we have come a long way. The lows are not that low anymore, but the highs can be really high. It shows that we are on the right track.
“The spirit is good. The players feel that we can move up the table and challenge things this year. “
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West Ham’s match is followed by a critical Champions League trip to RB Leipzig and a derby at Old Trafford against Manchester City next weekend.
With three big games in the space of eight days, Solskjaer is not concerned about the possibility of increasing pressure on him.
“I’ve been here so long so I feel like I know all there is to know about the pressure at Manchester United.”
Of course, when you are the one who makes the big decisions, that falls to you.
“But it’s okay. I wouldn’t have said yes to the club when they asked me to come if I hadn’t felt like I was ready to make those decisions and take the consequences, good or bad.
“You are always looking for ways to improve and we know we still have a lot to improve.
“But I feel like we have made some decisions that have benefited us as a team and as a club. Some of the transfers we have made have come in and have had a great influence.
Of course, it’s only at the end of the season that you know how well you’ve done. But we are moving up the table and playing better. “
West Ham have won their last two league games at home against United and Saturday’s clash was only the second time in this century that they have participated in a match between teams that were ahead of the 20-time English champions at the table.