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Solskjaer aiming to improve Man United’s ‘mental robustness’ during pre-season

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he is aiming to improve Manchester United’s ‘mental robustness’ ahead of the club’s pre-season campaign.

United begin their pre-season schedule with a tour of Australia, with a fixture against A-League side Perth Glory on Saturday, before facing rivals Leeds United four days later.

Solskjaer’s side then travel to Singapore to face Italian giants Inter Milan, before a clash with Tottenham in China. The club’s pre-season fixtures finish with a trip to Norway to face Kristiansund and a clash with AC Milan at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff.

Solskjaer says he wants his side to build fitness and robustness ahead of the new season, both physically and mentally, having been critical of the squad’s fitness levels during their torrid end of season run of form.

“It’s about pre-season and that’s what it is,” Solskjaer told a pre-season press conference in Australia.

“They should feel tired, they should feel that they’re gaining something from it.

“We’re building fitness, robustness, mental robustness and it’s been very encouraging. They have been great.

“Of course, we have also worked on a couple of new tactical approaches and ways that we think can benefit us this year.”

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