– By James Clancy
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he is not thinking about the table despite sitting just six points clear of the relegation zone.
After more dropped points ninth-placed Manchester United are closer to the bottom three than they are to the Champions League places.
United are eight points adrift of the battle for a European finish but the Norwegian claims there are bigger things to worry about.
Solskjaer said: “I would have sat here talking about being fifth if we’d got the one extra goal. So the league table is not the biggest concern.
“It’s so tight. I have to make sure we get performances and results.
“As a club we don’t like to be in this position but that’s the reality. Wednesday we have a big game against Tottenham, Saturday against Manchester City, these boys are looking forward to every game.”
This is now United’s worst start to a season for more than 30 years.
And they have not won in three games since ex-United target Mauricio Pochettino was shown the door by Spurs.
Solskjaer added: “What I can say is we’ve had the lead in so many games and haven’t been able to win them, six or seven times and we should be better at turning them into wins.”
United have won only six of 22 matches since Solskjaer was given the job on a permanent basis back in the spring.
His team have 18 points from 14 games so far – and his predecessor Jose Mourinho was sacked a year ago having got 27 from 18.
Ironically the Special One’s resurgent Tottenham and then Manchester City are United’s next two opponents in the week ahead.
The United boss added: “I think there’s loads of evidence that they are closer to winning than losing, to tip in our favour we have to work on lots of different things.
“We’re a young team, I don’t want to use that as an excuse, we’re Manchester United and want to get a run and that’s what these boys need.
“We just have to make sure we do everything right now because it’s a quick turnaround.”
Solskjaer left all his starters behind when a young squad travelled to Kazakhstan last week and the plan did not work out.
United were lacklustre in the opening 45 minutes and were fortunate to go in on level terms thanks to a Tom Heaton own goal.
He admitted: “The boys stayed here so we should have come out of the traps quicker. The first half wasn’t good enough.”