MANCHESTER: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said Manchester United could still qualify for the Champions League despite a prolonged hard-fought defeat of Manchester City.
United have now lost seven of their last nine games in all competitions, leaving them three points behind fourth-placed Chelsea in the Premier League with three games to come. But they were helped by the difficulties of other players, with Arsenal’s 3-1 defeat by the Wolves on Wednesday, leaving the door open. Chelsea is visiting Old Trafford on Sunday and Solskjaer has urged his team to continue fighting for the Champions League despite losing 2-0 to City on Wednesday.
“We need more quality Sunday and if we win this game, we will have two games to go,” Solskjaer told manutd.com.
Of course, we want to get into the top four. I did not plan to play on Thursday night (Europa League). We just have to make sure we give ourselves a chance on Sunday. We are three games from the end of the season, we are three points behind the top four and nobody would have left us a chance a few months ago. This may have had adverse consequences for the players. It’s up to me now to see who wants to sacrifice enough to be here.
Like Arsenal and United, Chelsea has also had disappointing results recently, missing out on his own chance to get out when he drew home with Burnley on Monday. United’s recent bad form was particularly disappointing given the impressive sequence of results when Solskjaer first arrived as interim leader after Jose Mourinho’s release in December.
They started brilliantly against City at Old Trafford but could not maintain the required intensity, but they avoided a repetition of the tasteless spectacle during the weekend’s 4-0 loss to Everton. Forward Marcus Rashford has urged fans to keep the faith.
“It’s a tough time for us right now and as a fan of United, I understand how you feel,” he wrote on Twitter. “We showed how to play, we have to start doing what we know we can do!”
Get latest updates of Champions League Final Tickets from our trusted online ticketing platform. Football fanatics can book tickets on reliable rates from our online ticketing market place.