Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer offers title race verdict ahead of crunch Arsenal clash

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“We knew if we beat Arsenal and we took six points off them that’d’ be us winning the league and vice versa.

“Some unbelievable games, some fond memories and some bad memories, there is still a rivalry and history but now we don’t think about them or anyone as our rivals, we just need to put points on the board and it’s so early anyway.”

Solskjaer has been pleased by United’s reaction to losing 6-1 to Spurs before the October international break and added: “I think any result as brutal as a 6-1 would have to get a response and, of course, it has been dealt with internally.

“We’ve tweaked a couple of things, got players fit and I think the manner of the defeat wasn’t something we should ever have to be confronted with again.

“Then again things happen in football these days and the response has been fantastic, and that’s what I’m concerned about, because we wanted to finish that off as soon as we could and move forward.”

The Norwegian will take charge of his 100th match as United manager against Arsenal.

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Initially appointed as caretaker boss, he was named the permanent replacement for Jose Mourinho in March 2019 and has racked up 55 wins from 99 games during his tenure thus far.

And he continued: “Arsenal is always going to be difficult, because they are a very good team with a very good manager who’s got some great ideas on how football should be played and I’m looking forward to it.



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