Solskjaer admits the club needs a "couple more" players to challenge Manchester City for the Premier League title.
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is of the opinion that the club needs to strengthen the squad in summer to challenge the newly crowned Premier League champions Manchester City. The 1-2 defeat against Leicester City at Old Trafford on Tuesday means City have an unassailable ten-point lead at the top. “You know if you want to take up the challenge with them, of course we have to strengthen our squad,” Ole told BT Sport after the match.
“Congratulations to them [City], they have had a fantastic season, but I’m very pleased with my boys because they have made it into the last 10 days of the season with a Man City team ahead of us, lauded as the best in Europe, so we have done well. But we want to take the next step and it might be that we need a couple more [players] to have a stronger squad.”
Congratulating Pep Guardiola’s boys on winning the title, Solskjaer said “that’s where we want to be.” “Yeah, that’s a long process,” he added. “We know what we want to do. I think, you know, congratulations to City for winning the league. That’s where we want to be. We’re not there yet they have put the bar where it is and that’s up to us to take the next step,” he told a post-match press conference.
United made 10 changes to their line-up against Leicester City, with only Mason Greenwood retaining his place from the weekend.
Club skipper Harry Maguire injured his ankle in the weekend win at Aston Villa. Eric Bailly came on for Maguire at Villa Park and he started again on Tuesday against the Foxes at Old Trafford. With Maguire’s return date not clear, Solskjaer gave a positive development from his scans.
The manager is hopeful of having Maguire back in time for United’s Europa League final against Villarreal on 26th May. “He’s obviously had the scans and the good news is there is no fracture,” Ole said before the Leicester match.
“[There’s] Ligament damage but hopefully we will see him again this season. Hopefully, he’ll be ready for the final.” The club’s remaining league fixtures are against Liverpool, Fulham and Wolves.