OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER Photo: VCG
“We are desperate to bring our hands on a trophy, these players are desperate to learn to win,” said Manchester United Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in front of his team from Side Week -pied in Everton in the Carabao Cup.
They won 2-0 at night, adding another meeting with Manchester City to the fixing program. They met their rivals of crosstles in the semi-finals of the same tournament last season.
It was one of the three Solskjaer semi-finals in last season, his first complete campaign in charge of the club where he won nine major trophies as a player.
It is useless to say that the defeat alongside Pep Guardiola in the cup of the league hasFollowed by a defeat at the arsenal of Mikel Arteta at Wembley in the semifinal of FA Cup, then Julen Lopeteguivilla from UEFA Europa League.
This inability to make a final, without speaking to win one, was among the interrogation points on Solskjaer in what is now two years of manchester responsibility not studied since the replacement of Jose Mourinho.
The semifinal is another chance that his players come closer to a first trophy under Norwegian.
“We want to improve ourselves and we expected to win trophies,” he said before Everton’s match, that his side could and should have gained more.
He knows the importance of this first trophy.
“I remember winning my preMier trophy. Even towards the end of my career, it was the first Trophy of Patrice Evra and Nemanja Vidic in the Carling Cup of 2006. This gives something to a team.
It’s really important that we try to get our handds on silverware. We did not win over the last two or three years now and that’s important.
We want to improve each season and improve last year, is to arrive at the final. Of course, when you arrive at the final, there is only one thing that counts – and it is to lift the trophy.
The Everton game was another step towards that, but the players are not illusion as to what is expected by their manager, The club and the fans.
“We are expected to win trophies,” said Captain Harry Maguire after the 2-0 victory win at Goodison Park. “It’s important to reach these great games, but we have to start winning and lifting trophies for this club.
” It was an excellent performance and we should have been out of sight, we have had three orquatters great opportunities. We must be more clinical.
The team was exactly that, in their previous match, a first Premier League meeting with Leeds United in 16 years to mark the two-year anniversary of Solskjaer’s charging.
He finished 6-2, with United putting his form unmatched in Old Trafford behind them.
“It could have been 12-4″said Solskjaer after the victory.” It was this kind of game. “
The Norwegian was asked if his part could actually have reached double numbers, finally filling the words of the singing of the United States. United, which claims “we often mark six, but rarely note 10.”
“I am very happy with the way we have created chances – our skill, fantastic movements,” he said .
“But yes, sometimes you look at it and think,” Put Laballe in the goal. But I can not be greedy, Mason [Greenwood], Anthony [Martial] and Marcus [Rashford] N ‘ Have they not walked on the dashboard and are our main rigs, so it’s good. “
Martial andEdinson Cavani took place on the score sheet at Goodison, Solskjaer will not take place who does when they face Leicester City on Saturday looking for a late Christmas gift – three points to get closer to Liverpool champions at the top of the table.
They enter Christmas five points behind the Jurgen Klopp side with a game by hand. United is undefeated in seven league games, winning six of these and their 28 goals represent only the second in Liverpool.
Could the trophy that desperately needed to win could be a record 21st Français League?
Solskjaer rejected Sunday after crushing Leeds’ long-standing rivals. “We are a third in the season, we do notAre not even halfway, so the league’s position is not something we are looking at – we look at the team’s improvement. Now we have to make the bigger and the strongest. Our fans needed this one. “
It was a strange season for sure. It was just a few months back when Mourinho returned to Old Trafford with his Spurs Side and won 6-1. They also crushed out. of the UEFA Champions League, despite the victims of PSG and Hammer Rb Leipzig at home.
Consistency was a question. Hero two goals in Leeds victory, Scott McTominay said that the team worked at this season.
“We were far too incompatible, a games that are not inThe good state of mind, but this year we have to be so focused in everything we do and the way we approach the game, “he said after his man with the performance of the match.
“Obviously” for us, it’s all about the next game, the next game is a last finish for us in this football club and the manager has repeated this last year. “
It is good when they win. Solskjaer always seems a defeat away from the media writing his former necology of Trafford, others see a glimmer of hope at his side.
[ 123] “Liverpool are still the strongest, but united could be the best of others,” the former teammate of Solskjaer Roy Keane said on Sky Sports after the Leeds match.
Another former teammate, Gary Neville pointed out what strange season he was for Ununie side “whose performances have sometimes been horrible,” he said on his podcast Sky Sports.
“If you said at the beginning of the season, they would be able to go two points behind Liverpool with a game in hand coming to Christmas, you would absolutely broken the hand of anyone.”
Neville is right and solskjaer should be grateful for the United, Christmas gift.
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