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Tanya Simon
July 13, 2020

Failing to qualify for next season's Champions League would not cause Manchester United to panic and alter their plans in the transfer market, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said on Saturday.

Solskjaer knows they will usurp Leicester in the top four if they win all their remaining games and United certainly look in the form to do that, having won four successive league matches by three goals or more.

The United boss said he is planning for a number of different scenarios ahead of the 2020-21 campaign, which is scheduled to start in September, as the Red Devils don't yet know if they will be competing in the Champions League.

Borussia Dortmund's England winger Jadon Sancho is on United's radar but the vast financial gulf between the Champions League and Europa League - which could be as much as £55m depending on how far they go - makes planning tough. That obviously is determined by how far we go in Europe, so you can't really decide on the programme, the training programme.

"But we also know that the players who haven't been involved this season are more than capable".

If second placed City are kicked out of the Champions League that will mean fifth place in the Premier League would secure a place in Europe's elite club competition.

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"There is a lot of stuff to do, we are not there yet but we are on the way, and if we keep doing what we're doing now, then I think there is nothing that can stop us to get to where we should be".

"There are loads of decisions to be made, but they make it easier by playing and performing well".

Solskjaer has named an unchanged squad in the last four matches, and they have delivered with impeccable performances to keep their hopes of playing in next season's Champions League alive.

"We feel great. That is the mentality now - you have a positive mentality when you have a good result, but you also have to have the ability to get through the games like we did in the last few games".

Asked if he needs to be careful how he handles the teenager star, Solskjaer said: "At that age, you've got so much energy, you've got no fear". "That's just the DNA of the football club".

"I'm not anxious about Mason this season".

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