Ole Gunnar Solskjaer predicts where Man United will finish
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sets out Manchester United's targets for the Premier League this season
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says that a top-four finish is Manchester United’s priority this season – but that they must aim to be title challengers next term.
The Red Devils fought back to earn a 2-2 draw against Burnley at Old Trafford on Tuesday night to end their perfect start to life under the Norwegian manager after he was brought in as the club’s interim boss following Jose Mourinho’s sacking back in December.
Despite Tuesday night’s stalemate, it has been a dramatic turnaround in form for the Red Devils, who had struggled to string together a series of positive results in the opening few months of the campaign under Mourinho.
Manchester United are still pushing towards breaking back into the top four as they look to at least secure a spot in the Champions League for next season.
The Red Devils have had to reassess their targets this season following their stuttering start to the new campaign.
Solskjaer says that Manchester United should be targeting third or fourth spot – but he admits that sealing a top-four finish on its own is not good enough for a club of the Red Devils’ stature.
Speaking at a news conference before Manchester United’s clash with Burnley, Solskjaer said: “At the moment, we are a way off the top teams. We are challenging to be top three at the moment. I don’t think we can realistically think about the top two positions.
“I’ve been really impressed with the players, their desire and the team spirit. That goes a long way.
“We need to use these months to be ready for the challenge next year, we came second last year, we wanted to be challenging for the top place but it didn’t happen.
“It’s about reorganising and just starting next season to be ready to challenge and get more points.”
He continued: “That is not the dream, though, to be top four. For Man United you should always aim to win the league.
“We can’t do that this year, but we have to get back to the challenge. We’ve got the Champions League, we’ve got the FA Cup, we can’t just say we’ve got top four and that is it.
“We have to look at if we can win something this year. As I’ve said, I go into every game as Man United manager thinking we can win this game.”
Manchester United will return to Premier League action on Sunday when they travel to Leicester City in the top flight.