manchester united manager ole gunnar solskjaer

Solskjaer sets his eyes on finishing third and winning silverware this season

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is eyeing a third-placed finish in the Premier League with Manchester United and believes his side are capable of winning major silverware this season.

Manchester United have continued their momentum from before the season’s suspension by taking four points from their first two fixtures of the Premier League’s restart, with Wednesday’s 3-0 victory over Sheffield United extending the club’s unbeaten run to 13 games in all competitions.

Anthony Martial scored the first hat-trick of his senior career to secure all three points against the Blades, a result which leaves the Red Devils just two points adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea in the race to secure Champions League football.

Solskjaer, however, insists his side are targeting more than just a top four finish, with the Norwegian urging United to aim for more with the club still in contention for both the FA Cup and Europa League, and only six points behind Leicester.

“Very pleased with the performance but there is still more to come,” said Solskjaer at his post match press conference.

“We could and should have scored more goals to put the game to bed before half-time. It is always worrying going into half-time knowing you should have scored goals.

“The way we controlled the game, pressed and stopped them playing, [I’m] very happy with it. Still more to come and we shouldn’t be 100 per cent happy with it.

“I have never said fourth is our aim. We would like third and there are two cups for us.”

United will be confident of continuing their fine form ahead of a winnable-looking run of fixtures in the coming weeks, the Red Devils facing relegation-threatened Brighton, Bournemouth and Aston Villa in their next three league encounters.

The club’s fixture list looks favourable in comparison to their top four rivals and they face just one of the current top six – Leicester on the final day of the season at Old Trafford – before the end of the campaign.

Their next fixture, however, sees the club return to FA Cup action with a quarter-final meeting with Norwich on Saturday evening.

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