Ole Gunnar Solskjaer agrees with Gary Neville on Manchester United

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer agrees with Gary Neville that Manchester United are still not at the level of title challengers.

United have won three of their four matches since the season restarted, are unbeaten in 15, in the semi-finals of the FA Cup and favourites to win the Europa League.

Neville said in midweek ‘there’s still some work to do in the transfer market to get this team to a title-winning team’ and suggested United needed three or four players to become a credible force again.

United’s summer budget is heavily dependant on whether they qualify for the Champions League and the full ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic. Solskjaer said after the stroll against Brighton United ‘were too far behind to be on the road to something special’ amid the possibility of a third-place finish this season.

“Gary is right in a lot of things he says,” Solskjaer said. “And, of course, we cannot think we’re there. If you look at the table, we’re nowhere near where we should be.

“Consistency has to be improved and we still have to improve on many aspects of the game. I don’t know how many points we’re behind the top two but Gary’s right – there’s definitely not going to be any complacency and thinking, ‘we’ve cracked it’ because we’ve got so much to do.

“It’s an enjoyable journey. We can see improvements but, yes, we need to make one or two – or more – very good decisions. It’s going to be an important summer, definitely.”

United could return to the top four for the first time since August – for five hours, at least – if they beat Bournemouth at Old Trafford. Midweek defeats to Leicester and Chelsea have left United three points off third and two off fourth, with a better goal difference than Chelsea.

Leicester host United and Wolves travel to Chelsea on the final day of the campaign and Nuno Espirito Santo’s side are level on points with United. Solskjaer does not expect any of the top four competitors to pull away.

“I think the last round is going to be vital – you’ve got Chelsea versus Wolverhampton and us against Leicester – so there might be a three point advantage for us or for Leicester and it’s still an important game,” he added. “I can’t see the difference between us and Leicester being a lot more than three points either way, the same with Chelsea and Wolverhampton.

“So it’s looking exciting, it’s a short space of time. So many games so lots of things can happen but yes I think it will go down to the last game.”


Manchester Evening News