Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes the club must conduct “clever business” in the summer following their humbling exit in the UEFA Champions League.
Solskjaer admitted in the immediate aftermath of their 3-0 defeat in Barcelona, which sealed a 4-0 quarter-final win on aggregate for Barcelona, that he faces a major rebuilding job to re-establish United among the European elite.
In a previous era United were able to attract the world’s best talents but, despite their track record of spending big in recent years, that may no longer be the case.
They have a battle on their hands to finish in the Premier League’s top four but Solskjaer is already envisioning a scenario in the future where United are on an equal footing with their conquerors on Tuesday night.
“Yeah, that is the level we have to aspire to because that’s the level we have been,” Solskjaer told MUTV.
“We want to get there and we have to get there by hard work and attitude every single day, and of course some clever business we have to do and just keep on going.”
Solskjaer is seeking to finish the season with a flourish but added of the Barca setback: “We gambled and you can say that we gambled and lost but we had to go for the first goal.
“We had to be brave, we created two or three chances but unfortunately we just didn’t have that quality to finish them off.
“If we had got the first goal then it might have been different but when they score two goals in four minutes it’s just game over.
“To be fair to the boys, their attitude was good, they kept going.
“You have to lift them (the players). It’s a big week and we have to get ready for that week because (they are) three big games.
“We have five days until Everton, so we have got plenty of time to get ready and we will be ready.”
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