Manchester United coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer revealed the secret of his team’s performance stability this season.
The Norwegian coach believes that the stability of the Red Devils’ level is due to the improvement in the morale of the players.
But at the same time he urged his players to fight for a place in the squad given the strength of the competition now.
Avoiding defeat in 9 consecutive matches, United moved up to second place among the Premier League teams.
He will be able to share the lead with defending champions Liverpool if they beat fifth-placed Aston Villa later on Friday.
“The team morale is definitely stronger,” Solskjaer said at a news conference last night.
He continued: “I think that the presence of competition to enter the squad among the players motivates them to provide the best.”
Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani, who has been arrested for racist abuse, will be absent from the United squad for today’s match.
The absence of Victor Lindelof, who is suffering an injury in his back, is also expected.
But Solskjaer is confident his team will be able to withstand such absences.
The Norwegian coach said: “We have a strong squad. Injuries and suspensions are incoming and always happening, but our team is ready to overcome these matters in every match.”