Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has demanded his Manchester United players not to think about Manchester City‘s consistent winning run and says they must focus solely on themselves despite their Premier League title ambitions taking a blow over the past week.
United have only won one of their last four matches and slipped up to Sheffield United at Old Trafford last midweek before drawing away at Arsenal in a game Edinson Cavani could have won for the Red Devils.
Solskjaer’s charges are now three points behind leaders City having played a game less although United will hope rivals Liverpool can trip the Citizens up at Anfield this Sunday.
Pep Guardiola and co have won all of their last 12 games across all competitions, scoring 31 goals and conceding just three.
City have won all of their last eight games and are 12 unbeaten in the league since losing to Tottenham on November 21.
But United boss Solskjaer says his team must not look at their neighbours’ form as City threaten to pull away in search of their third title in the past four years.
“We can’t control what any other club is doing. We can only control our own performances, our own results. That’s our focus,” Solskjaer said.
“We have to keep performing, keep improving – which we have – and keep scoring goals.
“There’s only one team that’s scored more than us in the Premier League. So keep scoring more goals, keep conceding less.
“Tick one game off after another. That’s the only focus. It’s very boring, but the focus has to be on the next one.