Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Manchester United’s upcoming Europa League final with Villarreal will be a ‘proud moment’ as he bids to win his first piece of silverware as manager.
United face the Spanish side in the final of the competition next Wednesday, their first final appearance under Solskjaer’s management after a series of semi-final defeats over the past two seasons.
The Red Devils first face Fulham in the Premier League tomorrow evening before concluding their league campaign at Wolves this weekend, the fixtures offering final preparation for their Europa League clash with a position in the top four already assured.
Solskjaer admits he is looking forward to taking his side into a major final and admits the occasion will be a ‘proud moment’, though has urged his side to make the most of the opportunity and has warned there are no prizes for simply attending.
“Manchester United has meant a lot to me throughout my life and to be able to lead the team out will be a proud moment,” Solskjaer told his pre-match press conference ahead of the visit of Fulham.
“It’s going to be great to see the players we’ve worked together with for two and a half years take a step into the final.
“To get there is one thing. But when you get to it, you need to win it. You don’t get a prize for attending.”
United face fitness concerns over Harry Maguire with the defender facing a race to be fit for the final, though Anthony Martial and Daniel James could feature with both players pushing for a return against Fulham tomorrow.
The clash will see up to 10,000 fans allowed to attend at Old Trafford, the Red Devils’ first home fixture with supporters in over 14 months as the government takes its next steps towards normality amid the ongoing pandemic.
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