Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has hailed his players for the resilience and fighting spirit they have shown towards the end of 2020 which has led to United finishing the year second on the log behind Liverpool.
The ‘Red devils’ have emerged as challengers to table-toppers and reigning champions Liverpool, and the manager credits a combination of new signings and experienced winners with instilling a more resilient attitude in the dressing room. They finished the year with a 1-0 victory against Wolverhampton Wanderers which took them to 30 points, three points behind Liverpool.
Speaking to Sky Sports News, the manager said the team has been showing a lot of mental strength in recent weeks. “Yes, definitely. One, they’re two years older than when I came. Two, the strong personalities we’ve brought in, they’ve really been a good influence,” he explained.
“I think we have competition for places, which means you cannot go around and think you can fake your way through being part of this team. You only deserve to be in a team that you contribute in. I think everyone’s just realised we’re privileged to be part of Man United – such a fantastic club and fantastic history.
“When you’re here, enjoy it as much as you can and maybe you’ll experience some fantastic times and you’ve got winners like Juan Mata and Nemanja Matic, who don’t play every single game, but they’re so influential in the build-up to games, and even during games when they’re not playing,” he added.
The coach believes one of the reasons for the club’s strong league position is their strength in depth. He does not think he will settle on a first-choice starting line-up this season.
“We have a strong squad. We’ve rotated a lot. We’ve not really found a settled XI, which I don’t think this season is going to be about anyway. It’s going to be about the squad, it’s going to be about the 24, 25, 26 players and I think, towards the end of the season, that’ll help us. It has to be done this way. Getting injuries and suspensions will happen. I think our squad is well capable of being ready for every game,” he concluded.
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