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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says his team and Manchester City have done very well to climb the table as the season progressed.
Both teams faced strong criticism for their poor start to the season; Sunshine with more calls for his dismissalwhile Pep Guardiola seemed to be struggling again after last season’s poor performance.
Furthermore, their fights occurred in the middle Liverpool staying at the top of the league, despite a fall.
Nevertheless, The Reds’ fall has skyrocketed in a fight to stay in the top four. United, meanwhile, are now five points behind Liverpool in third place, one game less.
The city ranks first in the league, having won 10 consecutive games in the top flight. As such, Solskjaer has insisted both Manchester clubs deserve credit for their revivals.
“We were at a disadvantage at the beginning of the season due to the lack of preseason,” the norwegian saying.
“We and City had played in Europe and had less preparation, so the performances of the two teams have been remarkable, after having to catch up after a difficult start.
“We lost a lot of points because of that lack of preparation and preseason.”
While City have racked up a 10-game winning streak, United’s 13-game undefeated streak earlier in the season sent them over the top just after the turn of the year.
They may have slipped to just one win out of four, but they maintain a strong case for a spot in the top four.
Sunshine impressed by Man Utd standards
“We have been involved in all the competitions this season and we have not missed a single match yet because the Carabao Cup final has yet to be played,” Solskjaer added.
“I am impressed by the standards that my players have maintained.
“It’s understandable that every once in a while you start out slow or get tired near the end, or have a bad day.”
United will return to action on Sunday when they face West Brom at The Hawthorns.
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