Manchester United stumbled over the finish line to reach the Premier League top four – with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sending Ed Woodward a message over his transfer needs in the process.
In both games, their attacking talent looked tired with Solskjaer reluctant to use some of his options off the bench.
After their draw with West Ham, Solskjaer gave a clear indication he is aware of the drop-off from his starting options to those on the bench in a subtle message to Woodward that he needs high-quality back-up in those areas.
“We wanted to have goalscorers out there and score goals,” said the United boss at full-time.
“We know Bruno [Fernandes], Paul [Pogba], Mason, Anthony [Martial], they can create a goal in any second, Marcus as well.”
After beating Leicester, he also indicated concerns over options to replace Bruno Fernandes as he admitted the Portuguese playmaker was left “tired” against the Foxes.
Solskjaer said: “Maybe today you can see a tired Bruno and that’s natural because he’s played too much.”
It is clear that Solskjaer needs to add depth to his squad in order to cope with the demands of Champions League football.
And the way their final two games played out as well as Solskjaer’s recognition of that issue serves as a clear message to Woodward that backing must continue in the summer.
After securing their top four spot, Solskjaer said: “That’s another part of Champions League, of course, financial gain but that’s not in my head.
“The club know what I feel we need and we are going to try and pursue it. Let’s see where we end up.
“For this team, it [Champions League] means better opposition next year and bigger games.
“We need to step it up definitely, because every week when we have Champions League, you have to have your best team.
“It’s not like this season with the Europa League when we can rest players and give minutes for the young lads.
“That’s another stepping stone for these, you’ve got to be fitter, stronger and more robust.”