Solskjaer hoping Europa League success is a ‘stepping stone for something bigger to come’

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is hopeful success in the Europa League this season can be a ‘stepping stone for something bigger to come’ for Manchester United.

United face Villarreal in the final of the Europa League tomorrow evening, as the Red Devils look to finish the season on a high and win their first piece of silverware since the 2016/17 campaign.


Solskjaer is yet to win a trophy since taking charge of the club, but is hopeful his side can continue their fine record in European competition and win a second Europa League title against the Spanish side in Gdańsk.

The Norwegian is confident his team is on the right path to success and is hopeful winning the Europa League can act as a platform to future silverware.

“We have five wins in Europe and we’ve lost twice to Barcelona,” Solskjaer said on United’s record in European finals.

“These are big nights for us, it might be the stepping stone for something better to come.

“It’s a bright future, this team is a young team, it’s a team we’ve rebuilt over the last few years. Hopefully, this is the start of something more.”

Solskjaer discussed the history of the club and their traditions in winning major trophies in the past, insisting that any player that signs for Manchester United is should be doing so with the intention to win honours.

Tomorrow’s final also comes exactly 22 years since Solskjaer’s famous winner in the 1999 Champions League final and the Red Devils boss is hopeful that the date can prove a lucky omen for his side.

“Sir Alex is with us we know the 26th of May is Sir Matt’s birthday, but when players sign to play for Man United, they sign to win trophies,” he added.

“They accept the challenge of being the best, because this is the best club in the world so that’s the pleasure of the pressure of Man United”

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