Man Utd: Solskjaer admits to 'baby steps' in title push
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Luke Shaw has told his Manchester United team-mates they face three ‘massive’ games that could ‘define the season’. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side face Roma in the Europa League semi-finals this Thursday, with a Premier League showdown against Liverpool to come this weekend ahead of the return clash against the Giallorossi next week.
And Shaw challenged his team-mates to improve Sunday’s goalless draw against Leeds and win all three upcoming games to show they’re serious about their silverware ambitions.
United’s first priority is Thursday’s Old Trafford clash against Roma, with Solskjaer’s side desperate to end the semi-final hoodoo that has plagued them over the past 15 months.
The Red Devils lost to neighbours Manchester City in the Carabao Cup semi-finals both this season and last, while their FA Cup and Europa League runs were ended at the last-four stage last term by Chelsea and Sevilla respectively.
Meanwhile, Sunday’s clash against Liverpool is a chance to take a further step towards Champions League qualification and keep up the pressure on league leaders City.
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United are unlikely to overhaul Pep Guardiola’s side in the title race this season – with Sunday’s draw at Elland Road leaving them 10 points behind their rivals.
But Shaw urged his team-mates to use their next three games to show they will be challenging for the top prizes next term.
“It’s three massive games, especially against Roma, it can define our season,” the left-back told MUTV.
“I think we’ve had a few semi-finals in the last two years and we haven’t been successful in them. It’s a chance to make a step in the right direction and get through that and win that competition.”
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Sunday’s stalemate extended United’s unbeaten away record in the Premier League to 24 games, but Shaw knows his side’s home form has to improve – starting on Thursday.
“It’s a very good record, it’s one we don’t look too much into,” said the 25-year-old.
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“That’s maybe been a positive, our away record, but our home record hasn’t been good. We know we need to be better at home and get much better results.
“It’s a good record but it doesn’t count for anything with where we are in the league. We need to keep improving and we’ve got the Europa League, we need to win that and that should be our main focus now.”
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