Manchester United vs Cardiff: Pogba, Sanchez's bonuses tear Solskjaer's squad apart

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has taken a 'big risk'- Ian McGarry

"I think I've been quite honest that challenging for the title next year would be a miraculous season because we're so far behind at the moment points wise", Solskjaer told a news conference on Friday.

"And that's just the lure of Man United, they know, the potential and size of the club, they know in the end that we will get back to the good days".

But Solskjaer wants more from those players who will stay, too, suggesting their approach to life at United has not been right in recent weeks.

"Today was not the problem, you can have all the possession and chances you want but we concede easy goals and don't score at the other end", the Norwegian said.

Manchester United suffered disappointments in the cup competitions as well after the Red Devils lost to FC Barcelona and Wolves in the Champions League and FA Cup quarter-finals. As for the attack I think Rashford will play with Chong and Greenwood either side in a pacy and young front line.

However, they also face a battle just to keep hold of some of those who could make a positive contribution going forward with David de Gea, Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba all out of contract in the next two years and holding out on signing new deals.

"If you walk around Carrington, the players really respect what he can do".

Cardiff manager Neil Warnock believes Manchester United will not return to the pinnacle of English football for at least a decade.

United manager Solskjaer has repeatedly expressed his frustration at the fitness levels of his players since he took over in December.

"When Ed (Woordward, United's executive vice-chairman) rang me (in December) that was my first port of call to assist me and we're here now for a few years together". Cristiano Ronaldo was never readymade, Wayne Rooney was never readymade.

"It's near embarrassing when you walk off the pitch clapping them and get the support we have". Wayne Rooney wasn't ready-made.

The Manchester United manager has made no secrets about his transfer aspirations and admitted that the club will be vying for quality players this summer.

"Ander might play", Solskjaer said.

"The players have been going through a tough period, good players who towards the end of the season are tired mentally and physically". "He'll probably announce later where he is going to continue his football".

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