Manchester United must not waste incredible early form under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, says Chris Smalling


Manchester United must not waste incredible early form under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, says Chris Smalling

Manchester United defender Chris Smalling is determined to make sure the club’s incredible form under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer doesn’t go to waste.

Jose Mourinho suggested it would take a ‘miracle’ for the club to qualify for next season’s Champions League, but Solskjaer has moved them to within two points of fourth-place Arsenal.

Solskjaer’s excellent start is now beginning to fade.

Eleven wins from 15 games in the league, alongside that sensational Champions League triumph over Paris Saint-Germain, have seen the Norwegian given the job on a permanent basis – but now the honeymoon is over.

The Red Devils’ top-four hopes were handed a huge blow by Wolves on Tuesday, and questions have been raised about the timing of Solskjaer’s appointment following United’s momentary dip in form.

United were beaten 2-1 by Wolves on Tuesday

Suddenly, finishing outside the top four would feel like failure, but Smalling is keen to highlight the size of the task that was facing them when Solskjaer took charge.

“Before Ole took over, it [finishing in the top four] was something we wanted, but it was so far off,” he told talkSPORT.

“The fact that we’ve worked so hard over these months and to be within touching distance – now is where the real hard work starts and where the real pressure is.