Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes Manchester United are better equipped this season to improve on their third-placed finish.
United finished behind Liverpool and Man City in the Premier League last term after Bruno Fernandes’ January arrival spurred them into action.
Despite Fernandes huge impact Solskjaer’s men were still 33 points behind champions Liverpool and they were knocked out of the Europa League by Sevilla in the semi-final.
Since then Solskjaer has added big names like Donny van de Beek, Alex Telles and Edinson Cavani and he now thinks they are better suited to compete.
And considering third was the benchmark last season, an improvement on that would have to be second, or at least to be within touching distance of the big two.
Speaking ahead of Wednesday’s tussle with PSG in the Champions League, Solskjaer said:
“You lose the chance to win or lose the title in the first eight to 10 games if you don’t keep up with the pack. But we don’t win it in those games.
“We’ve recuperated and we’re just behind the top teams at the moment, but we want to be there in April or May.
Now is the time to improve and develop and if we can keep up there, then great.
“Now our focus is on the Champions League and we want to win our group.
“I feel my squad is ready to do better than last season. Last season we were the best of the rest so let’s see if we can move up the table.”