Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Solskjaer not thinking about Europa League

Thursday 25 April 2019 07:00

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer still believes his team can qualify for next season's Champions League.

Another costly defeat, 2-0 against Manchester City, has left the Reds in sixth spot in the table with three games remaining. However, Arsenal's 3-1 loss to Wolves, and Chelsea's 2-2 draw with Burnley on Monday, has ensured United are still in with an outside chance of finishing in the top four.

Ole's men will go level on points with Chelsea with victory, even if the Blues are currently eight goals better off, and Arsenal are a couple of points ahead of United as things stand before their noon clash at Leicester City on Sunday.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reacts after the final whistle of the Manchester derby.

"We need more quality on Sunday and if we win that game, we have two games [to try to get into the Champions League]," said the boss.

"Of course, we want to get into the top four. I haven’t been planning on playing on Thursday nights yet. We just have to make sure we give ourselves a chance on Sunday.

"We're three games away from the end of the season, we’re three points behind the top four and no-one would have given us a chance a few months ago.

"It’s maybe taken its toll on the players. It’s my job now to see who wants to sacrifice enough to be here."

In a separate interview with MUTV, Ole urged the fans to get behind the team again for the visit of Maurizio Sarri's Londoners.

"Sunday is a massive one. Sunday is something we have got to get ready for. The crowd has got to get ready for it, the players have got to get ready for it.

"Of course. we have analysed them. Let's just make sure we turn up on Sunday with the same attitude and a little bit more quality in front of goal hopefully.

"Let's get the win that everybody wants, that the fans deserve and that the players deserve because they have made a terrific effort to give us a chance with three games to go to get in the top four."

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