Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said that the club won’t be satisfied with a push for the top four next season. The Red Devils were far off from competing for the Premier League title last season as they finished sixth on the table, but Ole is aiming to make amends with a strong showing next term.

Speaking to BBC Sport, Solskjaer said that the top four remains the minimum objective and United should push further for potential silverware, given the reputation of the club, he told: “We’ve got to aim for further up than fourth, we’ve got to, that’s just being at Manchester United. I’d rather be an optimist and be wrong than a pessimist and be right. I can’t say that these players won’t be challenging for big trophies because they have the quality. They do have the chance and we just need that consistency. We need a good start and we need to keep working every single day and not get our eyes off the targets.”

Solskjaer has relied on pursuing young recruits for the summer and so far, the club have landed Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka from Swansea City and Crystal Palace respectively. Based on this, it appears that the club are planning for the long-term rather than the forthcoming campaign, but the fans would still want the team to compete effectively for the title.

United are currently in the market for a new central defender and Leicester City’s Harry Maguire has been earmarked as the prime target. The England international has developed heaps and bounds over the past few seasons and United seem desperate to land him to curb some of the defensive concerns. United conceded a staggering 54 goals during the previous league season and that was their worst tally since the beginning of the Premier League era.