On the eve of Manchester United’s final Premier League game of the season Ole Gunnar Solskjaer offered an insight into the relentless nature of life at an elite-level football club.
Solskjaer has guided United forward this season, up one place and eight points in the Premier League and into a European final, albeit one that ended in bitter disappointment.
But in the most competitive league in the world the moment you take your eye off the ball can be the start of a rapid descent. United have enjoyed two years of progress under Solskjaer but that doesn’t guarantee a third in 2021/22.
“The fear of standing still or going backwards is always there, you would do that if you don’t improve,” Solskjaer said ahead of the trip to Wolves.
The Norwegian touched on the two most obvious ways that improvement can arrive. Through work on the training ground or in the transfer market and it is the latter that feels essential this summer.