Ole Gunnar Solskjaer exclusive: Semi-finals

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Publish Date : 2021-04-16 17:36:35
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer exclusive: Semi-finals

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer exclusive: Semi-finals, silverware, slow starts, super-subs
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer extracted every ounce of potential from himself as a player, earning the reputation of scoring big goals in the biggest of moments as his legendary status at Manchester United was forged in silverware.



Solskjaer's attempt to replicate the success of his playing career from the Old Trafford dugout have produced unquestionable highs and seen the club's fruitful resources flourish under his tutelage

Yet for a club of Manchester United's stature and the department where it matters most - trophies - Solskjaer's tenure to date has been characterised by a series of near misses.

Failure to progress through his first four semi-finals as Manchester United manager has seen the club's wait for silverware extend into a fourth year, a wait which grows more painful given the recent success of their two biggest rivals, Liverpool and Manchester City.

United's next opportunity to get their hands on a trophy just so happens to be in the tournament which delivered their last, the Europa League, with Roma the opponents in the fifth semi-final of Solskjaer's reign as he tries to deliver that elusive first final.

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Whether it be the two League Cup semi-final defeats to City, the one to Chelsea in the FA Cup, or last term's setback against Sevilla in the Europa League, United have found a way to stumble at the last hurdle. But for Solskjaer, it is those very experiences which he believes have equipped his side to make that crucial next step this time around.

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says his players are relishing the chance to finish the season by winning a trophy, after they cruised past Granada to reach the semi-finals of the Europa League
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Solskjaer: We want to end season on a high
"We've had the experience of those defeats," the United boss exclusively told Sky Sports. "When you suffer defeats it's never easy and it's never easy to handle the setback.

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"Last season we finished with a semi-final against Sevilla and we felt really down going into holidays with the last memory being a defeat.

"So the players are really focused, are determined, the attitude has been really good since we've come into the last-16/quarter-finals. We want to go all the way."

'First taste of success could be the catalyst'
Every side in football history started off on their road to greatness by navigating that first semi-final, reaching that first final, winning that first piece of silverware.

Manchester United have yet to hit those milestones under Solskjaer but he hopes overcoming those obstacles this season could act as a springboard for future success.

"Sometimes that first taste of victory is the catalyst for something better to come," he added. "That's what we're striving for.

"We're under no illusions, it is not going to be easy [in the Europa League], there are still three very good teams left in the tournament. We've got to play well to get to the final for a start, and then win a final.

"That's what we're going for. It's been a relentless season, we've not had any let-up between games, but it is something we want to finish the season with."

Before United's two-legged European affair with Roma, the club's Premier League campaign takes centre stage, with Burnley visiting Old Trafford on Super Sunday - live on Sky Sports.

Defeat at home against the Clarets in January 2020 represented a bitter low for United last season, as Solskjaer and his players were jeered from the field both at half-time and at full-time by the disgruntled Old Trafford faithful.

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