Manchester United legend Gary Neville has outlined what would be an acceptable season for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

It follows a rollercoaster of a season from the Red Devils under the ex-Cardiff manager.

There initially looked like a struggle to finish in the top four but the signing of Bruno Fernandes was the catalyst for some fine form.

The Portugal international joined in January and was a major part of United coming third in the Premier League.

However, the Red Devils also failed to land any silverware - being knocked out in the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup, FA Cup and Europa League.

The latter stung the hardest, being that they were favourites to win the European competition.

United finished third in the Premier League

But Solskjaer has grown as a manager throughout the season and more will be expected this campaign.

And ex-United defender Neville reckons United could trump Liverpool in the league next season.

He predicted his top-four along the way, saying: “I’m going to go Man City, Man United, Liverpool and Chelsea, but that’s with a little bit of hope rather than science!

“Finishing third last season was a big moment for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. That demonstrated progression.

“I think he has to break that top-two or get close to that top-two and get close to the title.

“To get close to the top-two and win a trophy – maybe in one of the cup competition – would be acceptable. He would have to get close to winning a title by his third season [to be considered a success].

Gary Neville has often been vocal on former club Manchester United
Gary Neville has outlined his ambitions for United next season

“The fans want to see progression and Manchester United have to continue to progress.”

Meanwhile, Solskjaer has urged United chiefs to be 'clever' in the transfer window.

"We've come quite the distance since February," Solskjaer said. "But you saw how tired you were towards the end. We need the break.

"It's going to be a strange summer. The market is open for so long. We've got to be good, smart and clever.

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"We're looking at it. I can't say when and if they're going to be done. It's a quick turnaround. We have to be 100 per cent sure when we make those deals.

"We definitely need to improve if we want to move up the table and on in the cups. We are working to improve what we have. We're always looking to improve the squad.

"It's not about marquee signings, it's about quality. You need the right personality to make us better. We might look at it today and see where we need to improve. Maybe today showed that they have to learn and get the consistency."