Solskjaer outlines ‘next step’ for Man United, names trophy he wants

Date published: Monday 8th February 2021 4:59 - Neil Foster

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits it is time for Manchester United to take the next step and win a trophy ahead of Tuesday’s FA Cup fifth-round clash with West Ham United.

The Norwegian has been in charge at Old Trafford since December 2018. It has been a roller coaster ride for the former Red Devils striker.

Following the inevitable bounce when he took over, United have endured runs of poor form that saw fans call for his sacking. However, the 47-year-old has guided his charges to second in the Premier League standings this term.

They are five points adrift of rivals Manchester City, who also have a game in hand. A title challenge may be beyond them but they still have the Europa League and FA Cup to go at.

Things are on an upward curve but Solskjaer knows that there must be a return for his and the players’ efforts.

“Well, of course a trophy is always what you’re aiming for,” he told the club’s official website. “You want to win every single competition – FA Cup, Europa League, every game you play, the Premier League.

“And that’s the ultimate challenge and a test for a team: to go all the way.”

United have taken care of Watford and Liverpool in this season’s FA Cup. The boss would love to lift the trophy on May 15 but feels it is just one competition among many.

“That’s not the be all and end all, of course it isn’t; it’s the bread and butter of the Premier League that is also a measure of how good a team is,” he added. “To get to a final, sometimes you’re lucky with the draw, but to win a final, then all the good teams have been beaten.

“So that’s the next step for us in the development of this team: to go all the way in a competition.”

Greenwood taking encouraging steps

Mason Greenwood is one of a number of United youngsters making their way in the big time. After scoring 17 goals in all competitions last season, the 19-year-old has bagged just four this term.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Mason Greenwood Man Utd

However, after a dip in form, the England man seems to be returning to his best. Solskjaer felt he was on fire in Saturday’s 3-3 draw with Everton.

“Mason was different class,” he added. “I thought he was the standout performer on the pitch – he just didn’t get the goal that his performance deserved.

“I think the last few games, if you look at him closely – yeah, I know we scored nine against Southampton – but if you look at his performance I thought his performance was top.”


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