But there is one player above all others the United boss must make sure he has on board – and that player is Paul Pogba, says Redknapp.
He said securing a top-four spot will go a long way to ensuring the £89m midfielder stays at Old Trafford. But danger lurks in the form of Real Madrid, who could prove too tempting for France star Pogba with Zinedine Zidane back in the hotseat.
“A couple of months ago, when Pogba was inspiring United’s astonishing revival under Solskjaer, the midfielder’s future did not seem in doubt.
“The return of Zinedine Zidane to Real Madrid has changed that. Zidane does not hide his admiration for his fellow Frenchman, saying on Saturday: ‘I know him personally. He brings so much and there are few players who bring as much as he does.’
“Pogba himself has said that he would be open to a move to the Bernabeu once his time in Manchester has ended.
“He may well feel that this summer is the right time to leave. Failure to qualify for the Champions League may not prevent United from attracting the best players but it could convince Pogba to go. Despite a dreadful season by their standards, Madrid look assured of a place at Europe’s top table next season.”
Zidane has already said of Pogba: “If, one day, there is a possibility that he will want to leave, after his experience at United, why will he not want to come to Madrid? “
But Redknapp said there is one more thing Solskjaer can do to keep Pogba at Old Trafford – make the player his captain.
He said: “If United do keep him, they must make him feel a central part of the club’s future. I have argued before that they should make him captain and, with club captain Antonio Valencia set to leave, this is the perfect time to give Pogba the armband.”