Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed that his ‘aim’ is to have Manchester United challenging for the Premier League title next season.
Manchester United have endured an indifferent campaign in Solskjaer’s first full season at the helm thus fur, the club currently fifth in the division and five points adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea in the race to secure a top-four finish and qualification for next season’s Champions League.
The club travel to face league leaders Liverpool this weekend with a huge gap between the two north-west rivals at present, United trailing Jurgen Klopp’s unbeaten side by a mammoth 27 points ahead of their clash on Merseyside, though the Red Devils are still the only side to have taken a point from their long-standing rivals.
Despite the huge gap between his side and the top, Solskjaer is confident his side can soon establish themselves as challengers and says his ‘aim’ is to compete for the title from as early as next season, though suggested that it’s probably not a ‘realistic’ aim.
Speaking at his pre-match press conference ahead of tonight’s FA Cup third-round replay with Wolves at Old Trafford, Solskjaer was asked about a potential title challenge from United next season: “That’s the aim, of course,” the Norwegian replied. “I’m not saying it’s a realistic one.
“We’re behind, and a fair rate behind the top one now, who we play on Sunday, and we’ll see where we are against them.
“But with a few signings, with the improvement these are making, in the next couple of years, we want to do that.
“I’m delighted with the players who have been on the pitch. This is a group you can work with, that will give you everything, that is the core of what the team will be going forward for me.
“We’re looking at a couple of signings, strengthening here and there, but the core group is there, the attitude is there and the physical robustness.”