Ole Gunnar Solskjaer pinpoints factor behind Man Utd's slow start to season


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has admitted that his Manchester United side were not fit enough at the start of the season.

But he has fired a warning to their rivals by claiming they are now in peak shape amid their recent upturn in form.

Pressure was beginning to mount on Solskjaer following their disappointing start to the Premier League campaign, which included home defeats to Crystal Palace and Tottenham.

Since that 6-1 humiliation against Spurs they are unbeaten, however, and have most impressed in the Champions League, where a 2-1 victory away at PSG was followed by a 5-0 thumping of RB Leipzig on Wednesday.

Manchester United hit rock bottom when they lost 6-1 to Tottenham

Speaking following the game against Leipzig, Solskjaer suggested the slow start was mainly due to his players not being up to speed fitness wise.

“The truth is that we were not in shape before the international break,” he told TV2.

“Now we are fit and we are sharp and it has only gotten better and better.

“We are always working to be stable, and I think we have been stable ever since February. We’ve lost one of the last eight, which I think is pretty consistent.

“Our squad is good and it gives us many opportunities. We can play in different formations, but the key is how we execute it. I am very happy at the moment.”

United are now in a commanding position in their Champions League group, and should feel highly confident about securing qualification for the knockout stages.

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Since the Spurs game United have won three games out of four

And Solskjaer insisted his side could go all the way in Europe’s elite competition.

“For us, it’s about staying focused and taking one fight at a time,” he added. “Who knows how far we can reach.

“We are very pleased with the start we have had. We have played against two tough teams, but we have played fantastically.”

United will hope to continue their fine run of form when they take on Arsenal this weekend.

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