Ole Gunnar Solskjaer under pressure ahead of Chelsea after ‘rotten’ season

Manchester United take on Chelsea on Monday with the chance to close the gap on the top four to just three points.

Red Devils fans will be boosted by the knowledge that they have beaten the Blues twice already this season, but their inconsistent form could be their undoing.

Former Blackburn and Chelsea striker Chris Sutton has given his thoughts on the task ahead for the away side, and insisted that nothing short of three points is required.

He told BBC Sport: “We're talking about Manchester United being in a race for the Champions League, Burnley are only a point behind them.

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“For the likes of United this season, it's been rotten in the league.

“Take Everton a couple of months ago, how low they were in the table – now they are ahead of United.

“Burnley a couple of weeks ago, we were talking about a relegation scrap.

“I think the pressure now is really on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to produce.

“He needs to make a statement after the break and he needs a win tonight.”

Ahead of the meeting at Stamford Bridge, the Norwegian boss admitted that his side needed to put in a big performance.

He said: “Yeah a win gives us a three-point gap and, of course, that's what we've got to aim for.

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“We've played them twice already this season and done well, but Chelsea are a good team.

“They are at home, but we're going to go there to try to win the game.

“We've got to, to give us more belief and more hope and give us confidence that we can kick on, because we need to kick on.”

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