Manchester – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has warned his Manchester United players against looking ahead to a blockbuster Champions League clash Paris Saint-Germain and focus on continuing their fine Premier League form at Fulham on Saturday.
The visit to Craven Cottage comes three days before the first leg of the last-16 meeting with the French champions at Old Trafford. That game kicks off a run of three huge matches in 13 days for United with an FA Cup fifth-round trip to Chelsea and a Premier League home match against Liverpool completing the sequence.
Seven wins and a draw in eight league matches since Solskjaer became caretaker manager on December 19 have revived United’s chances of a top-four finish.
They are fifth going into the weekend’s fixtures, just two points behind Chelsea, but can jump into fourth with victory at second bottom Fulham a day before Maurizio Sarri’s side make a daunting trip to Manchester City on SundaySolskjaer wants to ensure that United do not lose their focus and that they improve on their performance at Leicester last weekend, despite emerging 1-0 victors at the King Power.
“Of course you take one step at a time and that’s one of the goals we’ve set – that we move into the top four. And if we do so, we want to stay there and improve on that,” said the Norwegian.
“Of course, the past two months have been fantastic with the points we’ve got, so consistency is now the keyword, that we keep on winning games but in a better way than say the Leicester one. I felt that we hung on. It was good enough but we shouldn’t be happy with just good enough.