Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists Manchester United have improved ‘immensely’ after they beat Aston Villa to go level on points with Liverpool at the top of the Premier League.
The Red Devils beat a resolute Villa side 2-1 at Old Trafford to move to 33 points, level with defending champions Liverpool.
Aston Villa forward Bertrand Traore cancelled out Anthony Martial’s first-half header on Friday but Bruno Fernandes scored a penalty soon after to clinch a significant victory for Solskjaer’s side.
Asked about Manchester United going joint-top, Solskjaer said: ‘Of course we are happy with what we are doing. We have shown we have improved a lot in a year. We lost to Arsenal away last new year’s day.
‘We have improved immensely. We are getting fitter and fitter and stronger and stronger.
‘These players have a great age. They are learning and are hungry to learn which is important. They come in every day with a hunger and desire to be the best on match day. They have been focused.’
Manchester United face Liverpool later in the month but Solskjaer says he is purely focused on Wednesday’s EFL Cup clash against Man City.
He added: ‘Don’t get me wrong I’m delighted with the three points and the performance, but there’s always stuff to improve on. Those extra two points are important.
‘We’ve improved. I think the league and the season is going to be so tight. We’ve just got to keep working and improving as a team.
‘Every time you win a game you take one step further. You’ve just got to accumulate the points. They all count the same.
‘We’ve got a big game on Wednesday against City, I’m not even thinking [about playing Liverpool] yet.’
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