Former Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov fears his team could be dragged into a top four race, just weeks after threatening to mount a Premier League title challenge.
The Red devils were top of the league only a month ago but they have picked up just 11 points from their last eight games, seeing them drop behind leaders Manchester City.
With the title looking unlikely especially after City’s win over Everton, Solskjaer’s side will look to pick up silverware elsewhere in the FA Cup and Europa League.
However, Berbatov fears that United now face a genuine race to finish in the Champions League places ahead of next season.
‘If United continue to keep dropping unnecessary points to weaker teams I’m going to be worried for them making the top four,’ Berbatov told Betfair.
‘When you are challenging for the title it is unacceptable to drop points against the team that is bottom of the table and then the team second bottom of the table.
‘Yes, you may drop points against the likes of City and Liverpool, when there is so much quality on the pitch but playing against teams down the table, you have to take the points otherwise you bring lots of problems on yourself.
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‘United must kick on, because they risk teams catching them and each week the race for a top four spot is getting tighter.’
United will now be looking after their shoulder because there’s just four points between them and West Ham who are in fifth position.
Liverpool are now in sixth and still remain favourites to take one of the three positions behind Man City, meaning United, Leicester, West Ham, Chelsea, Everton and Tottenham will be in the chase for the final two spots.