OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER has told his Manchester United stars they need to be almost perfect if they are to secure a Champions League spot next season.
United’s 2-1 defeat at Wolves inflicted a major blow to the club’s hopes of securing a top four finish this season.
It saw them miss out on the chance to move up to third in the Premier League and saw them hand the initiative to their rivals in the battle for a place in Europe’s top competition.
If Chelsea beat Brighton tonight then United will slip down to sixth in the table with just half-a-dozen matches left to play.
And should Tottenham also see off Crystal Palace in the first match at their new ground, it will leave United further adrift.
Solskjaer himself admits his team now need to win all but one of their remaining games if they are to finish in the top four.
And given that one of their last six matches is a derby match against Manchester City, the United boss is allowing room for one more slip-up.
He said: “We need 15 points in the last six games [to make the top four], so we don’t have room for many more losses.”
With the City match looming large on the horizon on April 24, it puts further pressure on United to deliver maximum points in their next two matches.
Solskjaer’s side have a weekend off due to the FA Cup semi-finals, which could allow Arsenal and Chelsea to extend their advantage in the meantime.
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The Gunners travel to Southampton on Friday before Maurizio Sarri’s side take on West Ham on Monday night.
The Hammers are the next opposition for United, on April 13, and there is potential that by kick-off Solskjaer’s side will be six points off a top four spot.
So they cannot afford to take anything other than maximum points from that match and the trip to Everton a week later heading into the City clash.