Solskjaer expects bright future for United
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Manchester United will still be able to sign top players even if they miss out on the Champions League.
United still have an outside chance of securing a top-four finish in the Premier League this season, but they will realistically need to win their final two games against Huddersfield and Cardiff and hope two of Tottenham, Chelsea and Arsenal slip-up.
The Red Devils were 11 points off the top-four positions when Solskjaer was initially appointed as interim manager in December, but, after an initial impressive start, they have slipped off the pace once again following a run of just two wins from their last seven league games.
Solskjaer is certainly realistic about United’s top-four hopes although he does not see that affecting their chances of attracting the right calibre of player during the summer.
‘We might be in the Champions League next year, because we have got a chance, or we might not be,’ Solskjaer told reporters.
‘If it is a season without the Champions League, who knows? But players still want to come to Manchester United and you would be surprised by the names we get asked about.
‘ The Norwegian, who was confirmed as United’s permanent manager in March, knows both he and the club are going to have to work hard over the coming months if the Red Devils are to make significant progress next season.
‘Yes, we are having a tough time at the moment,’ he added.
‘We have had a few seasons where we have not reached the standards we expect but that is up to me and up to the club to change it as quickly as possible.
‘ Despite being the outsiders to secure a top-four finish, punters could still use their free bet to back United to defy the odds, as the Red Devils will fancy their chances of taking a maximum points return from their final two fixtures of the season.