Young insists top-four challenge is not good enough for United

Manchester United defender Ashley Young has said that a top-four challenge is not good enough for the Red Devils and they should be challenging for trophies instead. The Mancunian giants ended the current Premier League season in a disappointment as they finished sixth on the table and that has eluded them of Champions League football next season.

Speaking to the club’s official website, Young said that the club need to be aiming for trophies rather than pushing for the top four and that itself remains a disappointment. He added that the recently concluded campaign has been a let-down with the team failing to make the Champions League places despite receiving help from the sides around them.

He said: “I’ve said for years our club should be talking about winning titles and winning trophies. We’ve done that in numerous years and for a club of our size, when you’re talking about finishing top four, I think that’s just a disappointment in itself. We haven’t managed to get ourselves in the top four. We needed other teams to help us out and we needed to help ourselves and we haven’t done that.”

United had been 11 points behind the top four during the festive period when Jose Mourinho was axed from the helm. Thereafter, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer managed to transform their fortunes in the interim role but things once more went astray after he was made the permanent head coach during the month of March.

As such, the Mancunian giants went from a potential Champions League place to sixth during the final two months where they managed just one win from six league matches. United are currently assured of a Europa League group stage spot but they may have to qualify for the competition, should Watford beat Manchester City during the FA Cup final this weekend.

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