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Solskjaer keen for Man Utd to have the right mentality when the Premier League resumes

  • United are unbeaten in 11 matches and are chasing Champions League qualification 

  • Solskjaer is pleased with United's "camaraderie" in training ahead of the Premier League restart.

Solskjaer wants United to have the right mentality when the 2019-20 season resumes. [Getty]
Solskjaer wants United to have the right mentality when the 2019-20 season resumes. [Getty]

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says the Red Devils “need to step up the training” ahead of their crunch clash against Tottenham Hotspur.

United return to action against Jose Mourinho’s Lilywhites on June 19, and Solskjaer will be hoping his team can pick up from where they left off before the COVID-19 shutdown in March.

The Old Trafford club are unbeaten in 11 matches as they continue their chase for a Champions League spot. 

Speaking to Man Utd’s official website, the Norwegian said he’s eager for his team “to get an edge to our game again”.

"The first game is two weeks away so we need to step up the training and get an edge to our game again," the United boss told the club's official website.

"Everyone knows that we will have to be at our best, have to be focused against Tottenham.

"We know it's a big game for everyone. We had Chelsea when we started the league this season so I'm confident that our players can go into the Tottenham game with that mentality of going there to play a very good game of football.

"Training has been about recapping what we did well, tweaking maybe one or two things and looking at some new ideas, but hopefully we can see a lot of what we saw towards the end before the lockdown.”

Solskjaer added: "We've got games coming weekend, midweek, weekend for a spell so you have to focus on ourselves and not just on that one, first game.

"I think everyone can see over the last few months how the players have behaved and dealt with the situation and how we as a club have dealt with it. The players have kept themselves fit as well, which has been great.

"The weather was fantastic when they got going in small groups and gradually now, as we've got into contact training, you can see a little bit more of the edge but also the camaraderie and team bonding.

"That's vital for me in a team. That's one of the main things, that we are a team and the team goes before anything else."

The former Molde head coach is pleased he will have a very fit squad at his disposal, with the likes of Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford available for selection.

"Paul and Marcus are back, Eric [Bailly] has been out for a long time, Scott [McTominay] was out for a long time, so we want to gel the team together again," Solskjaer said.

"We hope everybody's going to be ready for the first game. We've had time out so I don't think we can expect that those lads who've missed lots of football can last the full game.

"But now the rules have changed, we can use five subs and have nine on the bench. I think that's helpful because footballers, after being out for so long, going into competitive games will be a challenge for them and we have to look after them injury-wise and fitness-wise.

"We can't just flog one player and say to them, 'you play every game and every minute' because it might be a period when we have to rotate quite often.

"We have a big squad, a strong squad and at the moment, loads of these players can prepare for the first game and hope to play in the first game and then if you don't play in the first, you might play the second or the third."

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