Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer spoke to the press before the Manchester derby and outlined exactly why he thought his team wasn’t up to the task of challenging for the Premier League title next season.
United are currently embroiled in a heated four-way race for the two realistically remaining spots in the Champions League positions on the league table, and take on title contending Manchester City in what could be a pivotal clash for both teams.
Speaking before the clash at Old Trafford, Solskjaer spoke about his expectations for his team next season and whether they could challenge the likes of Manchester City and Liverpool for the title.
“I don’t think we’ve got the consistency to do that,” he said of a potential title challenge.
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“Over the last 18 games, we’re not far away from them but it’s doing it over the course of a season. We’ve done it for half a season now. Let’s see. You can never say never.
“You cannot expect things to happen overnight and we know that. It will happen gradually and we have to be realistic enough as a club that we have to take it step by step.
“That’s not changing 10 players now and bringing 10 players in. It’s slowly, slowly but surely. It has to be the right quality, right personality, the right standards to get us back to where we want to be,” he concluded.
United would hope to pick up all three points against City as it would boost their chances of finishing in the top 4. However, they may end up giving arch rivals Liverpool a clear path to the title should that happen.