Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs his Manchester United players to put their bodies on the line to put a good string of results together to close the gap to Manchester City.
Pep Guardiola’s side opened up a 10-point lead at the top of the Premier League table after their victory over Everton on February 17 but Solskjaer needs his team to carry on battling until the end.
Next up for United is a home game against Newcastle United and, after losing more points in the league against West Brom last time out, the Norwegian knows they can’t afford to lose any more.
After being asked if he had conceded the title to City at this point, Solskjaer told reporters: “I don’t think anyone would suggest they’re not going to go for it. We’re going to go for a win every single game we play, of course, we are.
“But, whatever other teams do, City, Liverpool, Leicester, Chelsea, Tottenham, West Brom, whoever – we can’t manage that.
“We just have to control ourselves, we are in the position we are, we’re second and of course, your ambition then is to not end any lower than that. We’re going to have to get a good run together if we’re going to put pressure on City and that should start on Sunday.”
The United manager said: “Of course it’s relentless. Of course, we insist we show up every game and deserve the right to win – you’ve got to run harder than the opposition, you’ve got to want to win more than the opposition, you’ve got to sacrifice more, put your body on the line.
“Every game in the Premier League is high demand and that’s why the players are paying the amount they are to win every time they’re asked to. We ask for relentlessness and attitude every single game.”