Pressure builds as United lose ground on leaders

Sports | AGENCIES 3 Dec 2019

Manchester United's 2-2 draw with Aston Villa left them ninth in the English Premier League, and a massive 22 points behind leaders Liverpool, but manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he is not overly concerned about their current position.

United recovered from Jack Grealish's 11th-minute opener to move in front courtesy of a Tom Heaton own goal and a Victor Lindelof header, only to be pegged back by a Tyrone Mings volley.

"We created loads of big chances that should have won this game but overall I don't think we deserved to," Solskjaer said.

United, who have taken just 18 points from 14 games, host fifth-placed Tottenham on Thursday (HK time) on what would be former manager Jose Mourinho's first return to Old Trafford since his sacking more than a year ago.

Arsenal caretaker manager Freddie Ljungberg, meanwhile, said it is obvious that the Gunners' defensive problems need fixing following a 2-2 draw with Norwich.

"We need to work on the transitions, we dominated and they break on us too easily," said Ljungberg.

Leicester City's Brendan Rodgers has been linked to the Arsenal job but insisted he is focused on the second-placed team.

After Leicester's 2-1 win over Everton, Rodgers did not dismiss talk of a move to Arsenal, admitting there was a "release clause" in his contract.

But he explained his "focus is very much with Leicester."

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