Man Utd: Solskjaer admits to 'baby steps' in title push
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Manchester United legend Paul Scholes believes performances such as the one in Sunday’s 0-0 draw at Leeds United will not be acceptable next season. United look set to finish this campaign in second place, with Manchester City flying high at the top of the table. The goalless draw at Elland Road at the weekend prevented the Red Devils closing the gap to City to eight points with five games remaining.
Scholes admits it is highly unlikely United will be able to catch City this season.
However, the former midfielder would have liked to have seen Pep Guardiola’s side pushed all the way, preparing United for a stronger title push next term.
Scholes was not convinced Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was too upset with Sunday’s result.
“I get the impression he’s a little bit happy with that draw,” he told Premier League Productions.
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“I don’t think he should be, not against a Leeds team without probably their best player in Raphinha.
“If it’s this time next year and United are going close for the league, it should be used as practice for a run-in where there’s big pressure.
“You need to go to these places and win games.
“They should be trying to take Manchester City all the way. All the way and as far as they possibly can now to put pressure on them.
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“Use it as practice and as pressure to win those big games.
“When the run-in comes next season, and they are a little bit closer, going there with a performance like that won’t be acceptable.”
Scholes believes United could have made City sweat if they won all their remaining games, including Sunday’s match at Leeds.
He has compared the situation to when Liverpool ran City within one point of the title in the 2018/19 season.
Scholes added: “You go back to the year before Liverpool won the league, the way they took Manchester City all the way.
“I know United possibly can’t do that with City [this season] but at least take them as far as you can, have every intention of winning the next five games.
“You might make them sweat a little bit if they drop points next week and the week after, who knows, it can get a little bit close.
“But today, just a little bit disappointing.”
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