Ole Gunnar Solskjaer names the two areas Man Utd have improved in since he replaced Jose Mourinho

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Man Utd side will hope to seal Champions League qualification on Sunday

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Man Utd side will hope to seal Champions League qualification on Sunday (Picture: YouTube)

Manchester United will secure Champions League qualification if they avoid defeat at Leicester on Sunday, but regardless of the outcome at the King Power Ole Gunnar Solskjaer maintains he has presided over obvious improvement this season.

United began the campaign in sluggish fashion but the January arrival of Bruno Fernandes from Sporting Lisbon provided the catalyst for a 19-game unbeaten run that ended at Wembley last weekend in a disappointing 3-1 FA Cup semi-final defeat against Chelsea.

The form of Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial, allied to the emergence of Mason Greenwood, has hauled United back into top four contention and the change in atmosphere around the club is typified by Paul Pogba’s reported willingness to sign a new five-year contract.

Despite the positivity generated by recent results, United have looked understandably jaded in recent weeks given Solskjaer has named a largely unchanged team since the Premier League resumption.

The Red Devils came from a goal down to earn a draw against West Ham in midweek and that salvage operation highlighted the new levels of resolve and fitness in the squad which looked disheveled under Jose Mourinho, according to Solskjaer.

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‘Many many factors, many reasons, belief, if you look at that game against Burnley we should have won that one, that’s football and the Premier League, said the Norwegian when asked to identify the biggest changes he’s noticed in his players.

‘The belief, confidence, change of atmosphere, Bruno coming in has made a massive difference.

‘We’ve got our best players fit and raring to go, it’s been many different reasons for the upturn but it’s been down to the work, step by step believe and the boys have worked really hard, the fitness levels, the mental robustness is so much better than last season.’

United’s season will extend into August, assuming the defend a 5-0 first leg advantage against LASK, and will compete in the Europa League quarter finals.

‘We’ll give some time off, they need mental and physical time away from the place, effort has been fantastic recharge batteries for a few days then go again,’ Solskjaer added.

‘We’ve got LASK 5-0 lead so don’t have to go in that game chasing normally as you would two or three goal win. A few days off definitely.’

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