Red Devils boss says Jurgen Klopp’s side deserves credit after sealing his first top-tier title since 1990
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed that it “hurts” that all Manchester United associates see Liverpool win the Premier League title and has promised to “do everything” in an attempt to outperform the Merseysiders in the future.
Jurgen Klopp’s team was crowned champion on Thursday night after Chelsea beat Manchester City 2-1 at Stamford Bridge, ending a 30-year wait for world-class glory.
And United boss Solskjaer credited Anfield’s team for winning the league, though he admitted it hurts all associates with the Red Devils to see another team end up on top.
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“Any team that wins the Premier League deserves it, it deserves credit. It is a difficult league to win. Credit to Jurgen and his players. Every time you see someone lift a trophy, it hurts,” said Solskjaer.
“That is the feeling that everyone associated with Manchester United has – all of our gaming staff and supporters. Of course we want to win again and that is our challenge.”
Despite Liverpool’s dominance this season, Solskjaer does not believe Klopp’s team is in a position to consistently deliver titles over the next decade the way Sir Alex Ferguson did at Old Trafford.
“The series of titles that we won with Sir Alex, I don’t think it’s easy to emulate or copy,” he added. “Sir Alex was a master at staying on top so for me our challenge is to make sure we don’t go, say, 26 years or older until the next time we win it.”
“We are going to do everything we can to shorten the distance or even pass them, of course.”
United are currently fifth in the Premier League table, 37 points behind the champions, and while Solskjaer is eager to see his side close the gap, he wants them to focus on other priorities first.
“I don’t think it’s time to tell how far back [United are]. We are in a position where we have to improve, we have to enter the Champions League, go higher in the league and start competing for trophies, “said the Norwegian.
“That consistency and efficiency that they have shown is also a challenge for us. We know we are very good. We have to do it over and over again and that is the challenge for our players in the future.”