Manchester United’s under pressure boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told reporters after yesterday’s draw with Aston Villa that he wasn’t concerned with his side’s current league position of ninth in the premier league after 14 games, 22 points behind leaders Liverpool.
Recent England debutant Tyrone Mings had scored a rare goal late on in the clash to rescue a point for the newly promoted side as they avoided defeat at old Trafford for the first time in a decade.
Villa Skipper Jack Grealish had given the visitors and well-deserved early lead with an 11th minute wonder goal, Curling the ball in from an acute angle just inside the box. However, the home side had managed to pull themselves level before the break as completely against the run of play, England striker Marcus Rashford sent his header goal bound. The ball only managing to hit the inside of the post, but fortunately for the Red’s it hit the back of Villa’s former United keeper Tom Heaton before crossing the line.
United upped the tempo in the second half and were rewarded when Victor Lindelöf eventually gave them the lead in the 64th minute, only for Mings to level the game again more or less straight from the restart.
With both sides looking for the killer blow, United pushed forward and should have taken the points but for Anthony Martial’s missing an excellent chance with minutes of the game remaining.
With United now on 18 points from their opening 14 games, Solskjaer must be concerned as his side who in the last week have failed twice to beat a newly promoted side and lost to a part time team in Europe, would need to win their next three games in order for them to surpass the 26 points former boss Jose Mourinho had amassed before he was sacked around this time last year.
To make it more interesting they will play Mourinho’s new side Tottenham Hotspurs in their next game, before going into next weekend’s Manchester Derby against the reigning domestic champions Manchester City.
“I wouldn't have sat here and talked about us being fifth if we had got that one goal extra, so the league table at this point is not the biggest concern because it is so tight,” Solskjaer said.
“I just need to make sure that we get performances and get three or four performances after each other – and results.
“So far we have had the lead in so many games and we haven't been able to win those games, six or seven times we've been 1-0 up, or 2-1, or 3-2 like last week.
“We should be better at seeing those games into wins.”
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