Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said that finishing in the top four is simply not enough for Manchester United, saying that the club should be aiming to win the Premier League title.
While Manchester United may be the most successful side in English footballing history with 20 league titles to their name, they are on their longest drought without a league win in nearly three decades.
They last got their hands on the Premier League title in 2013, Sir Alex Ferguson’s final year in charge, and have since faced a battle just to finish in the top four.
Having taken over the club 11 points behind the coveted Champions League spots, United caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solksjaer has embarked on an impressive winning streak, winning all eight of his matches in charge to close the gap to just three.
However, with United set to play Burnley at Old Trafford tonight, the Norwegian has said that it is not enough just to aim to finish in the top four.
“We’re Man United, you should always aim to win the league,” said Solskjaer in his pre-match press conference.
“We can’t do that this year but we’ve just got to look forward to it again.”
His comments come just days after Mauricio Pochettino claimed that he is not particularly interested in winning trophies at Spurs, having watched his side getting dumped out of both the EFL and FA Cup in a matter of four days.
Solskjaer said that not only will United continue to fight to finish in the top four, but they will also try to get their hands on some silverware, with the Red Devils having reached the last 16 of both the FA Cup and Champions League.
“We’ve got the Champions League, we’ve got the FA Cup, we can’t just say top four and that’s it,” added Solskjaer. “We’ve got to look at ‘can we win something this year?’ and I go into every single game as a Man United manager thinking we can win this game.”
As a player, Solskjaer won six Premier League titles, two FA Cups and one Champions League title, including that famous treble in 1999, all of which were under the management of Sir Alex Ferguson, and the current United boss revealed what Fergie – ‘the manager’ – used to tell his players.
“If you win trophies, that’s a fantastic day for everyone in the club,” he continued.
“It’s just the best time of your life that day when you win because you never know when the next one is going to come, the manager always said enjoy this whatever trophy you win.”