Solskjaer admits "hurt" over Liverpool triumph and challenges Man Utd stars

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits seeing Liverpool win the Premier League title hurts.

The Manchester United boss watched on on Thursday night as Jurgen Klopp's men were crowned champions after Man City's loss at Chelsea.

It ends Liverpool's 30-year wait for a 19th league title, during which time they have been outstripped by United, who have claimed 13 Premier League crowns for themselves in the intervening period.

This season, United, like the rest of the league, have been some way behind.

Solskjaer congratulated Klopp and his side on a “deserved” success on Friday morning.

But he insists that he is now already looking to hunt down their bitter rivals, and is calling for greater consistency from his United stars in their bid to do just that.

“Any team that wins the championship or Premier League deserve it and deserve credit. It's a hard league to win so well done to Jurgen and his players,” he said.

“Every time you see anyone else lift the trophy it hurts, I reckon that's the feeling everyone associated with Manchester United, players or supporters.

“We want to get back to winning ways and that's our challenge.

“We are in a position now we have to improve, one we have to get in the Champions League, higher up in the league and start challenging.

“To get that consistency and efficiency is the challenge.

“At our best we are very good, but we have to do that whatever day it is, do it again and again, that's the challenge for our players going forward.”

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United infamously went 26 years between 1967 and the first of Alex Ferguson’s 13-Premier League titles in 1992-93.

Solskjaer insists that, with United now seven years since their last title, the challenge is to ensure they do not repeat such a feat.

“The run of titles we won under Sir Alex isn't going to be easy for anyone to emulate or copy. He was a master of staying at the top,” said Solskjaer.

“Our challenge is to make sure we don't go 26 yrs until the next time we win it or more, we're going to do everything we can to shorten the distance or go past them.”

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