Hargreaves reckons fifth 'is as good as it can possibly get' for Manchester United

Owen Hargreaves says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ‘desperately needs help’ at Manchester United and believes finishing fifth ‘is as good as it can possibly get’ for the club this season.

Manchester United have endured a difficult start to the season and currently sit fifth in the Premier League, six points adrift of the top four and facing a difficult task to secure Champions League qualification.

The club’s struggles have seen manager Solskjaer come under-fire in recent weeks, a home defeat to Burnley last time out being greeted by jeers from the home support and a mass early exit from Old Trafford.

Despite the club’s struggles, former midfielder Hargreaves has launched a defence of the Norwegian, and believes the Red Devils’ board must back Solskjaer in the transfer market, the club’s squad desperately lacking the depth and quality needed to challenge towards the top of the division.

“He desperately needs help,” Hargreaves told BT Sport. “If you think, [Ander] Herrera left, [Marouane] Fellaini left, in midfield, they are really light.

“Then [Romelu] Lukaku leaves, [Alexis] Sanchez leaves, they don’t have any help up top.

“[Marcus] Rashford then gets injured, [Paul] Pogba hasn’t played. [Scott] McTominay, one of their best players this season, hasn’t played.

“The recruitment wasn’t there to back Ole up and then injuries to key players. To be fifth with this squad, I think right now is as good as it can possibly get.

“There are only four points separating fifth and 14th. I don’t think it’s going to move up, it’s more likely to go down and that’s the big worry.”

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