Solskjaer: ‘There are two teams way ahead of us, we need to step up’

With one game left in the Premier League, Manchester United are battling to secure a spot in the top four to claim a ticket for next season’s Champions League. The club currently sit in third place and a win to Leicester City would have them finish third behind champions Liverpool and city rivals Manchester City. While a third place finish would be a positive result, the club wants to fight for the championship.

And that arch rivals Liverpool have won the title and their city rivals finishing ahead of them will have United celebrating their potential third place in silence. Even after United have battled their way to a 13-match unbeaten run the club is not too happy about the season, given the fact they are 33 points behind Liverpool and 15 adrift of City.

“We’ve not ended up anywhere yet, so it’s one more game to show we’ve become a better team,” Solskjaer said. “If we get a result against Leicester, I think people would say this journey has been a good one – but then again, this is not the end of the journey. If you get there, it’s not like ‘breathe and relax’. It’s ‘go again, go to the next one’. We know that there are two teams too far ahead of us, so we have to step it up even more.”

Solskjaer was also asked about his title chances for next season, but the Norwegian boss did not want to comment on the matter. “Let’s get this game out the way and get the third position and continue the growth and the journey this team’s on,” he said. “Of course we’ve had some hard times this season, some setbacks, but we’ve shown and we’ve proven this is a team going places, and if we can finish this season with a trophy in Europe and third position, we can discuss that then.”