​​Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær has issued a challenge to his players to remain just as focused on winning when they play against so-called lesser teams following their derby win over ​Manchester City


United have made a habit of beating the ​Premier League’s big guns this season, only to wilt against the lesser lights.


They have beaten ​Chelsea​Leicester, and ​Tottenham, but faltered against ​Wolves​Crystal Palace​Southampton​West Ham​Newcastle​Bournemouth​Sheffield United, and ​Aston Villa

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United are also the only team to have held taken points off league leaders ​Liverpool as they held them to a 1-1 draw.


With games against ​Everton​Watford, Newcastle, and ​Burnley up next, Solskjær has called on his troops to deploy the same mentality and commitment that saw them beat Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola in the same week.


When asked if the four league losses were as a result of a mental issue, ​Solskjær said, as per ​The Telegraph, “That’s up to me, to make sure that for every single game they know they have to earn the right to win a game of football.


"You’ve got to earn the right to win. Sometimes you’ve got to earn it by passing quicker, winning the ball back – there are different ways of winning games of football. We’ll work with the mentality of the boys. It’s been very much about margins in those games [we lost]. 

"But if you look behind the results I’m not as negative as you are. I’m not so worried, so concerned. 


"If the boys are then telling me they can’t get up for these games – then we’ve got a problem. Then I’ve really got to work with them because when I played that’s how we won the league. 


"We never gave points away against the lesser teams, the not-so-good teams. The Premier League is difficult – if you don’t have that mentality, you won’t get results. I’ll work on the mentality,” he concluded.