Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes the race for the Premier League high 4 will go all the way down to the wire as Manchester United put together to face Thomas Tuchel’s revitalised Chelsea on Sunday.
United have been knocked off high spot by Manchester Metropolis on January 26 and a run of simply two wins in six top-flight matches means they’re now 10 factors behind their rivals.
Second-placed United head to the Etihad Stadium for a Manchester derby conflict on March 7 however earlier than then they’ve back-to-back fixtures away to London golf equipment, with Sunday’s match in opposition to Chelsea adopted by Wednesday’s sport with Crystal Palace.
“We have got Chelsea simply behind us, we have got Metropolis away in entrance of us,” mentioned Solskjaer. “In fact we will not allow them to run additional away if we’ve got ambitions of catching them and we will not give Chelsea an excessive amount of hope to catch us both.”
Solskjaer believes United are over their current wobble forward of the match at Stamford Bridge, the place Tuchel has made a powerful influence since succeeding Frank Lampard final month.
The Blues have but to lose below the German and may halve the six-point hole to United on Sunday because the race for Champions League qualification spots heats up.
“You possibly can see the outcomes, you possibly can see the stats, the possession they’ve had, they maintain groups away from their very own purpose, maintain the possession,” Solskjaer mentioned.
“He is (Tuchel) executed rather well. It is by no means simple coming right into a season midway via so he have to be happy as nicely. Hopefully we are able to cease that run. That is my job now.”
The Norwegian predicted a tense battle for Champions League locations with a 3rd of the season nonetheless to go.
Metropolis, United, Leicester and West Ham are at present within the high 4 however a clutch of groups, together with Chelsea and champions Liverpool, harbour ambitions of dislodging them.
“I do not suppose the positions will likely be determined early,” mentioned former United striker Solskjaer. “With this season as nicely, it is unpredictable.
“We have seen groups going via unhealthy phases then a run after which who is aware of what is going on to occur with accidents, with how gamers react to the circumstances.”