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Man Utd change in dressing room atmosphere noticed ahead of Burnley fixture

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has credited the presence of Premier League title-winners for the lift in the mood within the Old Trafford dressing room.

United are mounting a Premier League title challenge for the first time since Solskjaer took over from Jose Mourinho.

They go into Tuesday night’s game against Burnley knowing a win would take them to the top of the table ahead of Liverpool – who have played a game more.

And Solskjaer believes the squad has benefitted from the presence of serial winners within the dressing room.

United brought in Edinson Cavani in the summer transfer window, with the Uruguayan leaving Paris Saint-Germain after winning six Ligue 1 titles.

And Bruno Fernandes has been a revelation since joining from Sporting Lisbon, fresh from winning the Portuguese cup and league cup competitions in the season before he departed.

While Solskjaer is looking to prioritise youth wherever possible, he’s kept around the likes of Juan Mata and Nemanja Matic, who have both won premier League titles elsewhere.

Solskjaer believes the balance between youth and cup-winning experience has helped to lift morale and change the club’s approach to success.

He said: “We are very focused. We have some good characters in the team, the dressing room is louder, it’s more vocal.

“Of course, we have experience. We’ve got Nemanja Matic, who has won it a few times, Juan Mata, Edinson Cavani.

“Bruno Fernandes has come in and I think he wants to feel part of a team that is going to be challenging for trophies.

“We have more players that can grab the situation.

“I feel that the group’s mentality is getting better, so of course that is the big thing for me — that we go into games in the right frame of mind.

“Sometimes results don’t go as expected but I am very happy with where we are mentally at the moment.”

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