Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said Manchester United are a 'different group' from the side who were thrashed at Everton earlier this year, as he prepares to take on the Toffees for the first time since that 4-0 defeat.

There may be some post-traumatic stress among the ​United players as they prepare to take on a resurgent Everton, after goals from Richarlison, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Lucas Digne and Theo Walcott had Solskjaer written off by many back in April. 

Seven months on, however, Solskjaer reckons his team is unrecognisable from the one that endured that defeat - and thinks they are well placed to set things right against Duncan Ferguson's Blues. 

UEFA Europa League"Manchester United v AZ Alkmaar"

"The group is going in the right direction now and they've got a chance, every single day in training," he said, via the ​Manchester Evening News. "But there won't be any leeway. 

"You don't play here if you don't want to go in the same direction as the majority of the group or the whole group. So if you're the one or two odd men out, you'd probably know.

"We lost quite clearly against ​Everton last year. We've spoken enough about what happened that day and how we looked like a team. It was more or less a shambles. But I've said too many times this year as well, we're not that group anymore. This is a different group, a group that's ready for the fight and is ready for the football.

UEFA Europa League"Manchester United v AZ Alkmaar"

"Mentality sometimes is strange to explain. The mood in the camp is different, definitely."

He went on, scoffing at suggestions that United's aspirations of a top four finish have ever been 'ridiculous', as they look to cut the five point gap between themselves and ​Chelsea

"It's never been ridiculous! It's never ridiculous in October or November. This club has never ever won the league by then.

"We're not talking about winning the league now but I've said all along this group needs time. We need to develop as a group and a team. And we are going to because they have the right attitude.

Ashley Young

"I don't think about it in December, not at all. There are too many games in December, January, February, March, April. You can't start looking at the result and outcome.

"We just need to keep doing what we're doing, keep developing this team, keep sticking to what we believe in, improving day by day. I believe then that the result will come."

For more from Robbie Copeland, follow him on Twitter!