Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has warned Manchester United’s under-performing stars they must improve next season to ensure they do not drop outside of the top six.
United are depending on Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham to drop points in their remaining games to have a chance of finishing in the top four after a poor run of form has seen them lose three of their last five in the Premier League.
Solskjaer, the United manager, admits a title challenge is “not realistic” next term – “you don’t suddenly catch 27 points in one season” – and says the club must take things “gradually” as he looks to rebuild the squad.
“You’ve got Leicester, Everton, Watford, probably Newcastle, you’ve got clubs that want to chase us,” said Solskjaer, ahead of Sunday’s Sky Live trip to Huddersfield.
“We have to make sure that we are ones who chase those ahead of us.
“We have to make sure that we are getting closer and moving that way up the table and not looking over the shoulders because there are big clubs, good clubs wanting to chase that top six.”