Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has told his Manchester United players to challenge for a top-four place this season, but warned them only fighting for titles will be truly “special”.
Bruno Fernandes’ double and Mason Greenwood’s opener at the Amex Stadium has put them within two points of the Champions League places, which appeared out of reach earlier in the campaign.
They are unbeaten since mid-January, before football’s closure for the coronavirus pandemic, and have carried on that fine run of form since returning.
“It’s been good since the restart, everyone has worked really hard and we agreed before the lockdown what we were going to do and everyone was true to their word and came back fitter and stronger and we are ready to keep pushing on and challenging the teams in front of us,” Solskjaer said.
“We’re too far away to be on the road to something special (this season) because special for this club is not where we are. But the team is improving, we’re in with a shout for the Champions League next year and we still have the FA Cup and Europa League to play and the team is improving, the players are coming back and the style is better.”
Solskjaer says he would have been proud of Greenwood’s opener; the 19 year-old honing his manager’s old trick of finishing through an opponents’ legs.