Man Utd can still qualify for Champions League – Solskjaer

Man Utd can still qualify for Champions League – Solskjaer

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Manchester United can still qualify for the Champions League despite a collapse in form extended by their derby defeat against Manchester City .

United have now lost seven of their past nine games in all competitions , leaving them three points behind fourth -placed Chelsea in the Premier League with three matches to go.

But they have been helped by the stumbles of others, with Arsenal ’s 3 – 1 defeat to Wolves on Wednesday keeping the door open .

Chelsea visits Old Trafford on Sunday and Solskjaer has urged his side to keep fighting for Champions League football despite the chastening 2 – 0 defeat at the hands of City on Wednesday .

“We need more quality on Sunday and if we win that game , we have two games to go, ” Solskjaer told .

“Of course we want to get into the top four. I haven ’t been planning on playing on Thursday nights ( in the Europa League ) yet . We just have to make sure we give ourselves a chance on Sunday.

“We ’re three games away from the end of the season , we ’re three points behind the top four and no one would have given us a chance a few months ago .

“It’ s maybe taken its toll on the players . It’s my job now to see who wants to sacrifice enough to be here .”

Like Arsenal and United , Chelsea have also endured some disappointing recent results, missing their own chance to pull clear when they drew at home with Burnley on Monday .

United ’s poor recent form has been a particular disappointment given the impressive sequence of results when Solskjaer first arrived as caretaker boss following Jose Mourinho ’s exit in December .

They began brightly against City at Old Trafford but could not maintain the intensity required , though they avoided a repeat of the insipid display during the weekend ’s 4 – 0 loss at Everton .

Striker Marcus Rashford urged fans to keep the faith.

“Tough period for us at the moment and as a United fan myself I understand how you’re feeling,” he wrote on Twitter .

“We ’ve shown how we can play , we need to get back to doing what we know we can do!”

( AFP )

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