Wolves 2-1 Man Utd: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs five wins for top-four spot

Manchester United need to win five of their last six league games to finish in the top four of the Premier League, says manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

A 2-1 loss at Wolves left United fifth, two points behind third-placed Arsenal, level with Tottenham who are fourth and one point clear of Chelsea in sixth.

However, United have now played one game more than the three London clubs.

“We needed 15 points from seven games, now it is 15 from six – we don’t have room for many losses,” said Solskjaer.

“It is harder than it was before, but we’re a very good team, so it will be difficult for the teams who play against us.”

In previous years, a fourth-place finish has been enough to qualify for the Champions League, although it could be different this year if an English team wins both that competition and the Europa League and then neither of those sides finish in the top four.

For example, if Arsenal or Chelsea won the Europa League and came fifth or sixth and Tottenham won the Champions League and also finished outside the top four, then that would take precedence over the team finishing fourth.

In that scenario, the team coming fourth would have to play in the Europa League in 2019-20 as Uefa’s rules state that no more than five teams from one country can play in the Champions League.

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