Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits a meeting with Chelsea has become “massive” for Manchester United as they seek to pip the Blues and Arsenal to a top-four finish in the Premier League.
The Red Devils remain in contention for Champions League qualification despite hitting a serious slump.
FA Cup and European dreams have been dashed during that run, while a 2-0 derby defeat to Manchester City has further dented fragile confidence at Old Trafford.
Others have also been dropping points, though, to prevent sixth-placed United from being cast adrift in the English top-flight.
There are, however, just three games left in the 2018-19 campaign and Solskjaer is aware that another reversal in fortune is required for a side he initially rejuvenated upon taking the reins.
He told MUTV of the importance being placed on a home date with Chelsea: “Sunday is a massive one.
“Sunday is something that we have to get ready for, the crowd has got to get ready for, the players have got to get ready for.
“Of course we have analysed them and let’s just make sure we turn up on Sunday with the same attitude and a little bit more quality in front of goal.
“Hopefully we can get the win everyone here wants and the fans deserve, the players deserve.
“They have made a terrific effort to give us a chance with three games to go to be in the top four.”
United were well off the pace when Solskjaer arrived, with Jose Mourinho having seen his side stumble out of the blocks.
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There are now just three points separating the Red Devils from the top four, with it possible for that gap to be closed in the club’s next outing.
After facing Chelsea, United will wrap up their campaign with a trip to already-relegated Huddersfield and a home date against Cardiff – who could also have slipped through the trap door by the time they take in a visit to Old Trafford.