MANCHESTER UNITED boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been warned that this season’s hard work is still yet to come.
Arsenal put an end to the interim boss’ unbeaten domestic start to his career at the weekend.
Fresh off the back of their historic Champions League win over Paris St-Germain, United looked lethargic in a 2-0 defeat at the Emirates.
Solskjaer described the loss as the “lowest” moment since he took charge of his former club in December.
United have been missing up to 10 players through injury in recent weeks.
And Red Devils legend Gary Neville has warned the Norwegian manager that he must ensure his team finishes the campaign strongly.
The former England international’s comments come amid news of:
– Man Utd plotting Alexis Sanchez exile after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer snub
– Mohamed Salah’s plans to sacrifice Liverpool’s Champions League against Bayern Munich
– Neville pinning the blame on TWO Man Utd stars for Arsenal’s 2-0 victory on Sunday
“If you start to look at the period from April 9-28 it’s a real testing period,” he said on Sky Sports.
“With the squad that is creaking a little bit.
“There is a long way to go for this to be a successful season for United.
“They have to be careful not to end up falling in between everything and doing well but not really concentrating on one competition more than the other.
“That’s something which Ole has to concentrate on in this next five or six weeks.”
United will find out the Champions League quarter-final opponents later this week.
They then face an FA Cup last-eight clash with Wolves on Saturday (7.55pm).
And with Solskjaer’s side two points behind Arsenal in fourth place, the race for Champions League places is set to come down for the wire.
United veteran Ashley Young admits the battle to a top-four spot is looking closer than ever, with Chelsea and Tottenham battling it out too.
He said: “Yeah, of course, but I think there are so many points to pick up, so many games left.
“For me, if we were talking back in October, saying that we were going to be fighting for fourth place, we would have taken that with where we were.”