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Manchester United finished the past season in 6th place as they missed out of a top four finish alongside Arsenal.
United dismissed Jose Mourinho in December last year, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was appointed on interim basis. United were 11 points off 4th place at the time of Solskjaer’s appointment, but Solskjaer sparked up United rejuvenation and the gap was cut short.
Solskjaer won 14 of his 19 matches in charge by late March after going on an initial 12-game unbeaten run to become 4th. However, after the Norwegian was given the job on a permanent basis, Solskjaer won only three of their final 11 games of the season.
Solskjaer has now revealed that United are only behind Manchester City and Liverpool, implying that United are above Chelsea.
Solskjaer said: “It did feel like it towards the end of last season, but it didn’t feel like it in the beginning when I came in.
“And in the 21 games we had when I came in, we were still third in that 21-game period.
“And that is including that bad spell at the end. It was only those two that were consistent, so we’re still third in that respect.”
But Solskjaer insists United will not be looking at how they can catch City or Liverpool and must have faith in their own project.
“I think we have got to focus on ourselves,” he continued. “I don’t think I can look at Liverpool or City and think, ‘They are doing it this way.’
“We have got to focus on us, and I believe in these players. They have shown me what they are capable of.
“They have also shown me some negative sides, which we have got to work on – better habits, get consistency in training, which will get consistency in the games and results.
“So you look at those two clubs, [Jurgen] Klopp and Pep [Guardiola], and as I said about Jose [Mourinho] and Louis [van Gaal] – I have no problem saying good things about people. They are good coaches, good managers, and we have to find our own way.
“We can’t do it their way. We have to focus on what is going on at this club.”