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Solskjaer admits Manchester United aren’t quite ready to challenge for title

Manchester United are not yet ready to challenge for the Premier League title despite their recent improvement, according to manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Man Utd were enjoying a strong run of form prior to the season’s suspension after going 11 games unbeaten in all competitions, before returning to action with a 1-1 draw at Tottenham last weekend.

The club currently sit fifth in the table and also remain in contention for both the Europa League and FA Cup, whilst their hopes have been boosted by the returns from injury of Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford.

Despite a promising period for his side, however, Solskjaer believes the Red Devils still have plenty to improve before they can challenge the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City, suggesting he will be active in the transfer market this summer as United seek a title challenge next season.

“We’ve developed over the season and I think now we had a spell of 11 unbeaten,” Solskjaer said at his pre-match press conference ahead of tonight’s clash with Sheffield United.

“But then you add Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford to that and you’re thinking ‘yeah, we’re not too far away and I’m very happy with the squad.

“If there are any good deals to be made and players who can make us better, of course we might have to spend some money on that. But the squad is great to work with and it’s moving in the right direction.

“We’re still not where we want to be, close enough to challenge for the Premier League trophy but we take one step at a time.

“Obviously City and Liverpool the last couple of seasons have put the standard where it should be to win the league.

“Hopefully now we can challenge for the Europa League, FA Cup this season, top four and then let’s see how much we can invest for next season.”

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