Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sets Premier League points target to finish the season on a high and in the top four


Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has set the club a points target to ensure the club finish this season on a high. The target will be to finish inside the top four of the Premier League and therefore in the UEFA Champions League next season, which is really the best thing United could realistically hope for right now.

United has seven Premier League matches remaining this season, starting tonight with another trip to the Molineux to face Wolverhampton Wanderers. Solskjaer has reportedly set a 15 point target, which could see United end the season with 76 points, which the Norwegian thinks could be enough for a Champions League position next season.

United has come a long way since Jose Mourinho was sacked back in December with United clawing back the 11 points they trailed from fourth, putting them in the mix with a finish as high as third in the league. Currently, United are fifth, level on points with Tottenham Hotspur and a point ahead of Chelsea.

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Since Solskjaer took over as caretaker manager, now earning a three-year contract at the club, United have earned the most points in the Premier League in that period, amassing 35 points of the 42 which were available, losing one league match and drawing twice, which explains the seven points which the club has dropped.

It is safe to say that at times this season, United has not taken advantage of teams above and around them dropping points, which sees them in the position they are now in. The same could be said for recent years too. Solskjaer seems to be aiming to change that, which is great to see. Just five wins from the seven remaining matches could be a start for the club.

United’s seven remaining matches in the Premier League this season are; Wolverhampton Wanderers A (2/4), West Ham United H (13/4), Everton A (21/4), Manchester City H (24/4), Chelsea H (28/4), Huddersfield Town A (4/5), and Cardiff City H (12/5). If United beat Wolves, West Ham, and Everton, they will be well on their way to Solskjaer’s apparent target.

Winning the next three Premier League matches, of which will be two matches against Barcelona in the Champions League, therefore adding some difficulty with squad rotation, fatigue and even injuries, it will mean that United could have less pressure on them when to face both City and Chelsea in the same week at Old Trafford.

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Obviously, many United supporters, including myself, would love to see United go on a winning streak in the league for the remainder of the season but both City and Chelsea will be tough fixtures and the one against City could well be a title-decider for the blue half of Manchester with them still needing to chase down Liverpool at the top of the league.

United could well be up against it, starting tonight (Tuesday) against Wolves. Just over a fortnight ago, Solskjaer’s side lost 2-1 in the Emirates FA Cup, being outplayed by the side which won the Championship last season. Getting revenge for that will be a priority, especially to put pressure on both Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, and Chelsea.

Goal difference could well play a factor in the top four this season. United, Spurs, Arsenal and Chelsea are all very close and the goal difference between them is slim. Arsenal (+26) and Spurs (+24) sit ahead of United (+19) and Chelsea (+18). But that could very well change as the season heads into ‘squeaky bum time’ as Sir Alex Ferguson would say.

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