Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United will struggle to secure Champions League qualification this season according to Roy Carroll.
United missed out on Europe’s premier competition after a dismal run of form at the end of the campaign last time out.
Supporters were feeling more positive after the signings of Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James, but Carroll is not so confident after a difficult start.
He told The Sportsman: “It’s going to be difficult for Ole, but I hope they make the top four.
“I think they’ll make the top six, but I hope they make the top four for the Champions League.
“I think they’ll definitely make the top six.”
Solskjaer outlined his target of guiding the club back into the Champions League this season after the Red Devils missed out last term.
The former Cardiff boss also mentioned winning a trophy, which could be tricky for his inconsistent players.
He said in May: ”We have got to realistically challenge for top four and a trophy.
“The last time in the Europa League with Jose [Mourinho] and loads of these players, we won it. And the League Cup, we have to start the season with the aim to win.
“We were in with a shout [of the top four] but the last two games, of course, we’ve let ourselves down performance-wise.
“We should have won against two relegated teams but that’s another reality check for everyone.
“This league is a tough one, no matter who you play, and it’s a long season and towards the end we’ve performed under par.
“We had a very good period halfway through the season and towards the end we’ve dropped off.
“No. It’s not a shock. Because the dynamics of football. It’s margins, it’s confidence, it’s lack of confidence, it’s habits, it’s coming in every day, doing the right things.
“Maybe because I was criticised early on that I played the same team too often, and then we got injuries and we had to rotate and switch the teams and couldn’t keep that winning team together and we didn’t have a strong enough base to keep those performances up.”