Solskjaer calls on United aggr...


Solskjaer calls on United aggression as he rules out January signings

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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has called on his side to show their aggressive side as they seek out top spot in the Premier League.

Just a point away to Burnley on Tuesday night would see United go top of the table.

United then travel to Anfield on Sunday to face current leaders and reigning champions Liverpool.

Speaking ahead of Tuesday's game, Burnley boss Sean Dyche said it seemed nobody wanted to take a firm grip of the Premier League leadership.

But Solskjaer says the unusual nature of this season is bleeding into the title race, "I think all the teams want to take a grip on the Premier League, of course, but it’s that kind of season, that kind of year and situation where there will be more ups and downs and less consistency in results and performances.

"For me, it’s exciting. As a supporter or a fan, it’s more interesting when there are more teams in and around each other, compared to last season when one just ran away."

Edinson Cavani is back from suspension for Tuesday's game at Turf Moor.

However, Paul Pogba and Eric Bailly are doubts having been unable to take a full part in training on Monday. Luke Shaw and Victor Lindelof both look set to be passed fit.

Solskjaer says any improvement on last season's third place finish will be regarded as progress, but wants to see intent from his side between now and May, "We have to be aggressive.

"We have to go into every game humble, work hard.

"Don’t even think for a second that you’ve cracked it if you’re near the top. That is not the type of players that we have.

"We have players who should play on the front foot, be aggressive and on the front foot, be hard to play against, no matter what. But, of course, the group’s mentality is improving all the time.

"Now it’s a different challenge – it’s Burnley away and we’re in this position. It doesn’t really matter where we end up in the league after that one, just as long as you focus on this game and this game only.”

Solskjaer has all-but ruled out any dip into the January transfer market. He's already said Marcos Rojo and Sergio Romero can seek employment elsewhere, but suggests others may follow.

"January is always difficult," the United boss said, "But if something comes up that you think is a long-term target anyway, that’s another scenario.

"But not many teams would be willing to lose their players in January. [It's] unlikely that something will happen on the in side, but there might be two or three going out.

"They deserve to play more football for their own good and for their own careers.”

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