Cautious Ole Gunnar Solskjaer aware that top three finish may be needed


Manchester United supervisor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has careworn that his aspect should not take their eye off the Premier League now {that a} Europa League last is simply 90 minutes away.

Talking eventually night time’s press convention forward of Sunday’s tie with Liverpool, the boss made it clear that regardless of having a wholesome twelve level lead over fifth-placed West Ham with solely 5 video games left to play, circumstances might come up that might nonetheless put Champions League qualification in jeopardy.

‘Generally high 4 is just not even safe,’ Solskjaer famous.

‘Arsenal and Chelsea might nonetheless win their respective tournaments and never be high 4 [in which case fourth would drop into the Europa League], so we now have simply bought to do our job and get into the Champions League ourselves.’

The state of affairs Solskjaer is describing is that if Arsenal win the Europa League and Chelsea win the Champions League, however end exterior of the highest 4 of the Premier League. As a most of 5 groups can qualify for the UCL and the earlier winners of each tournaments qualify routinely, it could imply that whoever finishes in fourth place within the Premier League would drop right down to the Europa.

Nevertheless, that also would depart United needing just one extra win to safe third place, all however mathematically.

A win in opposition to Liverpool wouldn’t solely obtain that, however it could additionally guarantee United end forward of their previous rivals for the primary time since 2017/18 and put a large dent within the guests’ personal hopes of Champions League qualification.

‘A win over Jurgen Klopp’s aspect – or perhaps a draw – would additionally imply the Merseysiders mathematically can not end above us this season, which hasn’t occurred since 2017/18.

Nevertheless, Ole isn’t regarding himself with that specific truth, or with placing a dent in Liverpool’s hopes of gaining a Champions League place. It might probably go away them seven factors adrift of fourth with solely 4 video games left.

However Solskjaer didn’t appear involved about that facet.

‘We go on the market, we’re simply fascinated by profitable ourselves. What that does to Liverpool can’t be of our concern,’ the boss mentioned.

‘All through the season you’ve got video games you sit up for and this Liverpool recreation is among the greatest of the season. It doesn’t matter if we’re first or second, third or fourth. Irrespective of, this can be a large, large recreation.’


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