Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer appeared to rule Liverpool out of the Premier League title race after his team dropped further ground on the league leaders Manchester City.
The Red Devils were held to a 1-1 draw against West Brom, meaning they have accumulated just 10 points from their last seven games in the Premier League.
That leaves United seven points behind Man City, who have a game in hand on their rivals at the top of the league.
City are now huge favourites to win the title for the third time in four years but Solskjaer says it’s up to United and Leicester City to put the pressure on them, meaning the Norwegian does not feel Liverpool can retain the title.
Asked how his players must respond after the draw against West Brom, Solskjaer said: ‘Lets build momentum, win games and put Manchester City under pressure.
‘They’re in great form but we’re not going to give it away, of course. ‘It looks like us and Leicester need to put up a fight.’
Despite their fading hopes, Solskjaer has refused to give up on the title just yet. United face City at the Etihad in March and Solskjaer says they need to win that match to have any chance of winning the title.
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‘I said we shouldn’t be talked about [in the title race],’ said Solskjaer.
‘It’s a compliment for the boys we got into position we are now. We won’t let them [Manchester City] run away with it – we’re playing them soon. ‘We’re not giving it away early – no we’re not.’