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LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 13: Marcus Rashford of Manchester United celebrates with team mates Luke Shaw, Nemanja Matic and Jesse Lingard of Manchester United after scoring their team's first goal during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United at Wembley Stadium on January 13, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes Manchester United can break into the top four earlier than he anticipated considering their current run of form.

United were 11 points adrift the top four when Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho in December, but having recorded six wins and a draw, the Red Devils find themselves within touching distance of the Champions League places.

Despite the tough test ahead with games against Chelsea, Liverpool and Paris Saint-Germain packed into a 12-day period, the former United striker is optimistic his players would live to the billing.

“I feel it’s very [well] equipped,” Solskjaer said via Sky of the squad’s strength heading into February.

“We’ve had now six weeks together. We’ve found out what strengths, weaknesses we’ve got.

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“I think we’ve risen to most of the challenges, maybe, of course, the setback of the two Burnley goals we conceded, maybe they will make us move to the next level because I think we’ve given ourselves a chance now to get into the top four maybe earlier than we thought.

“It’s not too many games, there’s still a week between every single one of them but it’s tough opposition. Definitely.

“You start with this game against Leicester, Fulham away as well is also a tough one.

“Then you’ve got the three big ones you can call it, with PSG, Chelsea, and Liverpool after each other. Then a very hard one, when you think you’ve done with those three, with Palace away. So it’s a tough month – but we’re ready.

“I’ve got a big squad, it’s only Marcos Rojo now who’s out for a period, the rest are fit and available.”