Solskjaer - Manchester United 'almost in driving seat' to finish top four

Solskjaer - Manchester United 'almost in driving seat' to finish top four

Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer is impressed by the current form of Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford.

Fittingly, he also scored the first goal since Manchester United announced Solskjaer as the permanent manager of the side.

United's short-term target is to secure a Premier League top-four finish and qualification for the Champions League but Solskjaer wants the club to target the league title next season.

Manchester United edged a narrow 2-1 win over Watford at Old Trafford on Saturday as Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial found the net.

"Of course, we are hoping to build a team strong enough (to be) worthy of the history of the club".

"(In the) first 20 minutes we started so slow and sloppy and you could see we've had players out with injury and the global break.

"In the second half we started sloppier but at 2-0 we were in control until they scored and then anything can happen, but three points is all you can get".

"But I think with the way things are going, they could be well looking at a sporting director".

"You tend to find very few of them (technical directors) are willing to take that final decision".

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The Red Devils are aiming to reach the last four of Europe's elite club competition as they look to try and win the trophy for the first time since Sir Alex Ferguson was in charge at Old Trafford.

"Hopefully he can be available for Tuesday", Solskjaer said.

Watford will feel truly hard done by, having been all over Manchester United in the opening half hour.

One highlight for Solskjaer was the performance of Luke Shaw, who set up Rashford's goal with a wonderful pass through the Watford defence.

"Naively enough or strangely enough, I've always had this belief and this odd dream about being the manager here [at Old Trafford]", said Solskjaer said.

"But we need to make sure we keep improving".

But United were far from their best against the Hornets with the away side enjoying more shots and corners than the Red Devils.

"It's true it wasn't enough to get points but I am happy with the performance".

But before they go all out in the transfer business, they need to offer new deals to players whose contracts are running out.