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OLE PRESSURE Points total for 2020 suggests Solskjaer is making some progress at Manchester United


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is under huge pressure after his side crashed out of the Champions League on Tuesday night, but his overall story for 2020 makes for relatively impressive reading.

Defeat in Saturday's derby battle with Manchester City will pile the pressure on Solskjaer, whose side will now be competing in the Europa League in the first half of 2020.

With doubts over the future of midfielder Paul Pogba after the latest outburst from his agent proclaiming he wants to leave the club, Solskjaer is facing up to a critical few weeks as he looks to hang on to his job.

Yet with Mauricio Pochettino continuing to be linked with a move to replace him at Old Trafford, Solskjaer could point to the overall statistics in the Premier League in 2020 to confirm he has made some progress.

While champions Liverpool and their nearest rivals Manchester City are comfortably ahead of the chasing pack, United are joint third when all points from this calendar year are calculated.

Premier League points totals in 2020

1. Liverpool - 68

2. Manchester City - 58

3. Manchester United and Tottenham - 54

5. Chelsea - 53

6. Southampton - 50

Solskjaer insists he will shoulder the blame for United's Champions League exit, with former United defender Wes Brown suggesting there are signs of progress under the Norwegian.

"Some players have done really well under Ole," Brown told sundayworld.com at a BT Sport event. "I look at Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford and there is no doubt they have flourished in the last year, but the consistency has not been there as a team.

"On their day, United can beat anyone and they have shown that in their results against Man City since Ole was in charge, but they don't produce performances week-after-week and that's what you have to do when you play for a big club like United."

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