Man United still in top four race despite 'emotional season' - Solskjaer

Seven defeats in nine matches have left United three points outside the Premier League's top four and Solskjaer, having only just been appointed, in no doubt as to the task ahead of him.

"They have set the standard in the last two seasons and I don't know how many points they've taken", Reuters quoted the Norwegian to have said during his post-match press conference on Wednesday. We just have to make sure we give ourselves a chance on Sunday.

Described as a figure who "runs" the dressing room, the 26-year-old's teammates "know" he wants to move on and "fear" Solskjaer can not handle him.

At Manchester United, he's also collected the most Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year awards in the club's history.

Midfielder Paul Pogba has been linked with a move to Real Madrid by British media in recent weeks, but Solskjaer said he believed the France global, who has a contract until 2021, would stay at Old Trafford next season.

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"We speak home truths, you've got to when things aren't going well", said Young. The optimism that surrounded the early days of the Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reign has well and truly dissipated, which has been accompanied by the growing realisation that the club are miles away from where they want to be.

"That's the reason why, of course", said Guardiola when asked if he was concerned Solskjaer's comments might be meant to influence the referee.

"That's also something you have to deal with as a footballer", the 46-year-old added. He's human. We're all the same that we want him to do well. He is a leader in the dressing room. "You don't always have a contract for five or 10 years. It's a very hard match for both I think".

United are on their worst run of form since 1962 and face Chelsea at Old Trafford on Sunday - a game they must win to retain any hope of finishing in the top four. But Madrid are not exactly in what the Spanish would call a "good moment" either, as they come to the end of a barren season.

  • Lawrence Cooper