Man United legend warns Solskjaer about the top four

Paul Ince has his say on Man United's hopes of finishing in the top four this season

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Photo: Screengrab)

Paul Ince has insisted that it simply isn’t good enough if Manchester United do not finish in the top four this season.

The Red Devils slipped to a disappointing 2-1 loss to Wolves in the Premier League on Tuesday night to hamper their chances of sealing Champions League qualification for next season.

Manchester United are aiming to break back into the top four before the season is out, but Tuesday’s loss to Wolves has left them in sixth place in the table.

Solskjaer will be desperate to guide the Red Devils back into the top four before the season is out as they look to try and secure qualification for next season’s Champions League.

And former Manchester United star Ince has insisted that the Red Devils must do everything they can to finish in the top four this season.

Speaking in an interview quoted by the Daily Express, Ince said: “That’s two games now where they’ve been far from convincing – against Watford and now Wolves – but it felt particularly bad [on Tuesday] night because they’re letting top four slip away.

“They need to be picking up results, especially when they’ve still got the likes of Man City to play if they want to make those Champions League spots.

“Ultimately, Man United have to be in the Champions League. It’s simply not good enough if they’re not.

“Don’t get me wrong, Ole has done a fantastic job in getting them to this point, but they need to finish the job off.

“They cannot afford to be without European football next year. In fact, United should never not be in that competition.

“No disrespect, but they should be attracting the biggest players and the biggest players don’t want to play in the Europa League.

“The team should be doing everything they can do make top four, and the Wolves result seems particularly poor because of that.”

Manchester United have the weekend off before they prepare for their crunch showdown with FC Barcelona in the Champions League quarter-finals on Wednesday night next week at Old Trafford.

The Red Devils opted to appoint Solskjaer as their new permanent manager last week after he was brought in as Jose Mourinho’s interim replacement back in December.

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