Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Manchester United can still qualify for the Champions League despite poor performance rocking the club lately. The Solskjaer side have lost seven of their past nine games in all competitions, which left them with three points behind fourth-placed Chelsea in the Premier League with three matches left.
The club has been greatly pushed up by the misfortunes of others, with Arsenal’s 3-1 defeat to Wolves on Wednesday keeping the door open. Chelsea visit Old Trafford on Sunday and Solskjaer has urged his boys to keep fighting for Champions League football despite the badly lost 2-0 to Man City on Wednesday.
“We need more quality on Sunday and if we win that game, we have two games to go. 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.” Solskjaer said in a statement.
Chelsea have also faced some disappointing recent results just like Arsenal and Man United, which includes missing their own chance to pull clear when they drew at home with Burnley on Monday.
Manchester United’s recent downward performance has been a serious disappointment following the impressive sequence of results Solskjaer made when he first arrived as caretaker after Jose Mourinho’s was sacked in December. They started very well against Man City at Old Trafford but were unable to maintain the pace, 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. We’ve shown how we can play, we need to get back to doing what we know we can do!” He wrote on Twitter.