Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer knows his team can't afford a sluggish start when the Premier League season resumes later this month.
United open their campaign against fellow European football chasing Tottenham after the two-month break and he says they need to be focused ahead of that match.
“The first game is two weeks from today so we need to step up the training and get an edge to our game again,” Solskjaer said on Manchester United’s official website.
“Everyone knows that we will have to be at our best, we have to be focused, we know it’s a big game for everyone.
"We had Chelsea when we started the league this season so I’m confident that our players can go into the Tottenham game with that mentality of going there to play a very good game of football."
Solskjaer added that their preparation has been going well since the players resumed collective training recently:
“Training has been about recapping what we did well, tweaking maybe one or two things and looking at some new ideas, but hopefully we can see a lot of what we saw towards the end before the lockdown.
“We’ve got games coming weekend, midweek, weekend for a spell so you have to focus on ourselves and not just on that one, first game.
“I think everyone can see over the last few months how the players have behaved and dealt with the situation and how we as a club have dealt with it. The players have kept themselves fit as well, which has been great.
“The weather was fantastic when they got going in small groups and gradually now, as we’ve got into contact training, you can see a little bit more of the edge but also the camaraderie and team bonding.
“That’s vital for me in a team. That’s one of the main things, that we are a team and the team goes before anything else.”