Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has stressed that his side don’t have the ability to play ‘tippy-tappy football’ like their rivals Manchester City.
The 46-year-old has seen his side enjoy somewhat of an uptick in form in recent weeks, with Manchester United losing just one of their last eight games and are now just four points outside of the Champions League places.
United have been heavily reliant on direct and counter-attacking football during the recent run of results, with Solskjaer suggesting that ditching any attempt to play ‘tippy-tappy football’ has been essential for the team.
“We do have to make it hard to play against us. We can’t play tippy-tappy football,” Solskjaer said, as quoted by The Express.
“We can’t, at this moment in time, play like Manchester City. It is only City that can do that.
“We have to show more energy, drive, urgency and selflessness in every single game. That is the way we have to play at the moment.”
Manchester United’s improvement in form since November has seen them move to within touching distance of the top four places in the Premier League table – sitting behind just Sheffield United, Tottenham and Wolves.
With qualification to the Champions League now in touching distance ahead of crucial games against Arsenal and Liverpool over the next few weeks, Solskjaer is confident that Manchester United will finish inside the top four this season.
“If we get consistent it is not going to do down to the wire – we should get into the top four without waiting for the last game against Leicester,” he added.
“It could go down to the last game but for me, this team might be challengers for a lot more next year, definitely, because we are young.”
Before facing their top-six rivals next month, Manchester United first face a short trip to take on Sean Dyche’s Burnley at Turf Moor.
The Red Devils haven’t lost against Burnley in over a decade. The Clarets last beat United thanks to a Robbie Blake strike early in the first half, while Michael Carrick also missed a penalty during the match.