With one game left to be played in the 2018/19 Premier League campaign, Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made a huge admission on his side's chances of winning the league title next season.
The Red Devils enjoyed an impressive turnaround in form under Solskjaer during his stint as caretaker of the club, winning 14 of his first 19 games in charge of the club, prompting the Old Trafford based outfit to appoint the Norwegian tactician on a permanent basis in March 2019.
However, things subsequently went pair-shaped for Solskjaer and United. With the club having only registered two victories in their last ten encounters in all competitions, Solskjaer was quite frank in his assessment of his side's chances of winning the league title next season.
"Challenging for the title next year would be a miraculous season because we are so far behind at the moment, points-wise," Solskjaer said on BBC Football.
"Next season, we’ve got to close that gap. If we manage to get to February or March and being close then that’s fantastic.
"We know as staff and players that next season we’ve got a great challenge ahead. It’s going to be important that we come together from the very first day. Pre-season is going to be important," he added.
The 46-year-old also revealed how the power dynamic in the league has shifted since his days as a professional footballer.
"It is not like when I used to play, us or Arsenal would win the league.
"Now it is a very competitive competition and that tells us that it is going to be a great challenge. We want to get back to where we used to be. Next season we’ve got a great challenge ahead."
Including his stint as caretaker manager, Solskjaer has been at the helm of United for 28 games in all competitions, registering 16 victories eight losses and four in that time.
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