Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has admitted Manchester United need to bounce back quickly from the 4-0 defeat at Everton on Sunday.

The boss said that the players need to refocus ahead of the visits of Manchester City and Chelsea to Old Trafford, and also spoke about the need for the squad to stick together and fight for the club in the wake of a damaging result in terms of the fight for a place in the top four of the Premier League.


“We have City at Old Trafford on Wednesday – that’s the biggest incentive we can have. Old Trafford, at home, in front of our fantastic fans. The fans were unbelievable today. In the short term, we have to focus on these two games – massive games, if we win these games, we’re still in with a chance. There are 12 points to be won. It sounds too easy to look forward but we cannot dwell on this too much. In the long term, we’ll look at this but, short term, we’ve got to look at City and Chelsea.”

“Our basic fitness is nowhere near good enough – I can’t wait to get a pre-season done. We’ve done fantastic to get to where we are. Maybe things have caught up with us and we all know that, to win games of football, you need basics and fitness has nothing to do with talent. I’ve said it before, I want my team to be the hardest-working team in the league, that’s what we were under Sir Alex. That’s what we’ve always been. You had Giggsy, Becks, Gary Neville, Denis Irwin, whoever. But no matter the talent you’ve got, you have to run more than anyone. Every single week, you must do that shift up and down that pitch for your team-mates.“

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