Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has played down the suggestion that Manchester United are Premier League title contenders ahead of their trip to Leicester on Boxing Day.
United’s 6-2 demolition of Leeds in the Premier League last Sunday put Solskjaer’s side just a point behind second-placed Leicester and five points adrift of leaders Liverpool with a game in hand on both teams.
It is as close as they have been to the top of table at Christmas since Sir Alex Ferguson retired, but despite being unbeaten in seven league matches and having won all six of their away games, Solskjaer says the possibility of becoming champions for the first time since 2013 is not being discussed.
Asked how the club deals with talk of being title contenders, the United boss said:
“There’s noise around Manchester United anyway, so for us it’s about improving as a team and taking one game at a time, we have to. That’s the name of the game and that’s the only way you will challenge for anything at the end of a season anyway.
“It is not something we talk about. The only thing we talk about and focus on is improving every day, and learning how to deal with certain situations. At the moment we’re getting praise and that’s another thing to learn to deal with.”