Solskjaer refuses to concede title race despite Man Utd draw with West Brom

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists Manchester United have not given up on the Premier League title race, despite Sunday's 1-1 draw with West Bromwich Albion.

The Red Devils are now seven points behind Manchester City after collecting ten points in their last seven Premier League games.

City can extend that lead to ten points if they win their game in hand against Everton on Wednesday.

United only have themselves to blame after Victor Lindelof allowed Mbaye Diagne to outmuscle him to head home the opening goal after just 83 seconds of play.

Solskjaer's side were saved yet again by a piece of brilliance from Bruno Fernandes.

Luke Shaw's cross on the stroke of half-time was hooked into the top corner by Fernandes with his opposite foot.

There was an improvement from the visitors after the break, with Mason Greenwood and Scott McTominay coming close.

Harry Maguire thought he had a penalty when he was bundled over by Semi Ajayi and referee Craig Pawson pointed to the spot, but the decision was overturned after Pawson consulted the pitchside monitor.

West Brom also had a chance to win it late on, but Diagne blazed his effort over the crossbar from six yards out.

Maguire then almost pinched a winner in the 95th minute, only for his goal-bound header to be spectacularly denied by Sam Johnstone.

The result leaves Sam Allardyce's side second from bottom and 12 points from safety, with their Premier League survival looking less and less likely.

For United, they are left to rue another opportunity to keep pace with City, but Solskjaer isn't giving up just yet.

He said: "No one will give it away this early. This season is so unpredictable, life is so unpredictable, anything can happen and of course we're not going to settle for second.

"It's a compliment to the boys that we've gotten ourselves into the position we're in. We're the team closest [to Man City] and we should be challenging the team in front of us.

"We're not going to let them get away with it, but we need to win games to be in that position."

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