Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has admitted mounting a serious Premier League challenge next season will be “miraculous”.

It is all but confirmed United will not be playing in the Champions League next season despite Solskjaer’s impressive start to life at Old Trafford. The Red Devils are currently 6th on the log with only one game remaining to conclude this season’s Premier League competition.

“I think I have been quite honest that challenging for the title next year would be a miraculous season because we are so far behind points-wise. Next season we have to close that gap, if we managed to get to February or March and still be close then that’s fantastic,” he said.

“If not this summer will also be about players that can last here for many years. No, it’s not just about ready-made players. We’ve never been a ready-made club. Cristiano] Ronaldo was never ready-made, Wayne Rooney was never ready-made. Loads of the players that come here and really developed into the top superstars that they have become.

“That’s always going to be the model that we will develop players because I’ve got the best staff, the best environment. And the best supporters because they love players that excite them, that get them off their seats and we hope to get some of them in.”

United’s final game will be against Cardiff City at Old Trafford on Sunday 12th.