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Next step is to bag a trophy: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

United players will be heading to the second leg of their last-16 tie of Europa League which will be played without fans at Old Trafford today

Agencies London Published 05.08.20, 02:27 AM
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer AP file picture

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says the next step in his side’s development would be securing a trophy as they look to cap off a promising season by winning the Europa League.

United, who finished third in the Premier League, hold a 5-0 lead over Austrian side LASK Linz heading into the second leg of their last-16 tie which will be played without fans at Old Trafford on Wednesday.


“We’re four games away from winning a trophy,” Solskjaer told a news conference. “The team has developed all through the season, we’re delighted with finishing third (in the league), but the next step is winning a trophy.

“The players want to play, they don’t want a break..”

United will be without defenders Axel Tuanzebe and Luke Shaw but midfielder Jesse Lingard will start.

Solskjaer said he was delighted with the performance of defender Chris Smalling, who returned to the club after a loan spell at Roma.

Sancho deal

Alexis Sanchez is on the verge of joining Inter Milan though his £560,000-a-week contract with United has just under two years to run.

Solskjaer hopes to replace Sanchez by bringing in Jadon Sancho, 20, from Borussia Dortmund. The Bundesliga club are holding out for a Premier League record fee of euros 120 million for the England winger.

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