Aston Villa v Man Utd: Match in pics
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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has vowed that his side will try to delay Manchester City’s Premier League title parade for as long as possible. Pep Guardiola’s City side need just three more points to be confirmed as champions, with the Red Devils the only side who can mathematically catch them.
City’s title confirmation is virtually certain, with United 10 points behind their fierce rivals with just four games left to play.
Solskjaer’s side have a game in hand over City, which they will play this week in what is a nightmare fixture schedule.
The Red Devils came from behind to defeat Aston Villa on Sunday and will face Leicester and Liverpool within the next five days.
If United lose either game, or fail to win both, City will be crowned champions for the third time in four years.
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Failing that, Guardiola’s men will also seal their place at the top of the league by beating Newcastle on Friday night.
But despite the near certainty that City will pick up the title, Solskjaer has made it clear he wants United to keep putting the pressure on.
“That’s a good thing, that’s the best thing with today. At least I don’t drive into a blue army tonight, we’ll try to delay it as long as we can,” he told Sky Sports.
United kept their incredibly faint hopes of winning a first league title since 2013 alive with the win over Villa.
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But they had to do it the hard way, with Bertrand Traore putting Dean Smith’s side ahead in the first-half.
Solskjaer’s side did improve after the break though, with Bruno Fernandes equalising seven minutes into the second period.
Mason Greenwood put the visitors ahead soon after before Edinson Cavani sealed the three points with a late header.
The United boss was delighted with his side’s character and believes it will put them in the best place to beat Leicester and Liverpool.
“Massive result – it takes a little bit of the pressure away, we can go into the next one confident, enjoy it,” Solskjaer added.
“I’m delighted. It was always going to be difficult after being in Europe, didn’t come back until half four in the morning on Friday.
“Great reaction at half-time again, even though I felt first half we were the better team, created the better chances but couldn’t find the goal.
“The advantage of being fresh going into a game like this is quite high. We could have scored the first goal, they scored from nothing, with a good goal by the way, but I’m pleased with everyone.”
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