Ole Gunnar SolskjÃ¦r believes Manchester United can go unbeaten until the end of the season to set comfortably their longest sequence without losing for a decade but warned complacency could cause them to be kicked where âyou donât want to beâ.
United are at Brighton on Tuesday where they will aim to stretch their unbeaten run to 15. As they are in the FA Cup semi-finals and the Europa League last-16 SolskjÃ¦râs side have potentially 12 more fixtures after Brighton and could move to within two matches of equalling a 29-game undefeated run set from April to November 2010. Since then the clubâs longest sequence without losing was 18 matches in 2012-13.
SolskjÃ¦r was asked whether United could finish the season without another defeat. âThe short answer is yes but the long answer is that thereâs more to it than that,â he said. âAny Man United team should go into any game against any opposition believing they can win.â
Warning his players to stay focused he added: âComplacency, that kicks you somewhere you donât want to get kicked in football and any game is a difficult one.â
The home win against Sheffield United came via an Anthony Martial hat-trick, taking him to 19 goals for the season, the same as Marcus Rashford. Yet despite each strikerâs vast improvement, plus 18-year-old Mason Greenwoodâs 12 goals, SolskjÃ¦r warned he was always looking to strengthen.
âYou need competition for places at Man United,â he said. âIf you think youâve got a divine right to be playing every game and are doing so well that weâre not going to look for players to replace you, youâre in the wrong place.
âIâve been here myself for so many years as a striker [from 1996-2007] and Teddy Sheringham comes in, Dwight Yorke comes in, Ruud van Nistelrooy comes in, Wayne Rooney comes in. Weâve always got to look at improving and if they donât improve we might have to look somewhere else to get better because we have to be better. Weâre too far away from where we need to be.â
SolskjÃ¦r suggested Angel Gomes, a 19-year-old midfielder, could leave. âYou can ask Angel why heâs not signed â yet,â he said. âI donât know what the talks are behind the scenes. Angelâs a top kid. Of course thereâs people around him that advise him to do different things. If he doesnât sign all the best to Angel and Iâm going to follow his career. If he signs for us, letâs kick on.â
United have confirmed their goalkeeper Dean Hendersonâs loan at Sheffield United has been extended for the rest of the season.