Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has admitted that next season’s planning for Manchester United is ‘a bit up in the air’ with the club still battling for a spot in the top four of the Premier League. The Norwegian boss has admitted he has different scenario’s mapped out for the 2020/2021 season, as he does not know if United will be in the Champions League or Europa League.
United are currently in fifth position on the table and know that if they win their remaining games they will be in next season’s Champions League. The Red Devils are one point behind Leicester City and will play The Foxes on the final day of the season. Another option for United is to win the Europa League. However, the final of the tournament is set for August 21, giving Solskjaer little time to finalise his plans.
“There is quite a lot of planning going on. When do we start the league? That is obviously determined by how far we go in Europe, you can’t really decide on the training programme. There are so many small decisions, transfers are out of our hands as well”, Solskjaer was quoted at a press conference ahead of their game against Southampton.
“If the team is going well, what do we need? What don’t we need? That’s the way we’re working and you’ve got to plan for different scenarios. Uncertainty of dates, how much holiday, what will next season look like? It’s a little bit up in the air.”
The United boss insisted that if they will not panic if they would miss the Champions League for the second season in a row. “I don’t think the club would panic or go crazy with plans that we’ve already talked about for years to come,” he said. “You do have to have a long-term plan but short-term some decisions will be easier to make if you get the Champions League.”