Premier League

Man Utd hurt by Liverpool title win - Solskjaer

Jurgen Klopp's side won the Premier League for the first time in their history on Thursday

12:00pm on Friday 26th June 2020
Martin Macdonald

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits that Liverpool’s title victory “hurts” everyone associated with Manchester United.

On Thursday, Liverpool would be crowned champions if Man City were unable to defeat Chelsea, with Frank Lampard’s side subsequently winning 2-1 to hand the title to the Reds.

Man Utd hold a bitter rivalry with Liverpool, and although Solskjaer did congratulate the Anfield side and Jurgen Klopp, he says it is difficult to witness them win the league.

"Any team that wins the Premier League deserves it, they deserve credit. It is a hard league to win. Credit to Jurgen and his players. Every time you see anyone else lift a trophy, it hurts," Solskjaer said.

"That’s the feeling everyone associated with Manchester United has - all our playing staff and supporters. Of course, we want to get back to winning ways and that is our challenge."

When Sir Alex Ferguson took over Man Utd in 1986, Liverpool had won more English top flight titles than the Red Devils, but under his tenure Utd became the biggest and most successful club in England in the league, eventually winning 20 titles to Liverpool’s 18, now 19.

Solskjaer doesn’t believe Liverpool will be able to replicate that run of success that Utd enjoyed, however.

"The run of titles that we won under Sir Alex, I don’t think that’s going to be easy for anyone to emulate or copy," he suggested.

"Sir Alex was a master of staying at the top so, for me, our challenge is to make sure we don’t go, say, 26 years or more until the next time we win it.

"We’re going to do everything we can to shorten the distance or even go past them, of course."

Man Utd are still aiming to qualify for next season’s Champions League but are currently five points adrift of Chelsea in fourth.

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