Man Utd: Solskjaer previews Everton cup clash
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says that winning a trophy is the ‘next step’ for his Manchester United side ahead of the Carabao Cup quarter final. The Red Devils travel to Everton looking to make the final four for the second season in a row.
Solskjaer’s side missed out on a place in the final last season after defeat to rivals Manchester City over two legs.
United were also beaten in the Europa League semi-final by Sevilla as Solskjaer continues to pursue his first trophy with the club.
The former Red Devils striker recently celebrated two years in charge at Old Trafford and despite a third place finish in the Premier League last term, is keen to add silverware to his United CV.
“We were certainly one step away from a final last season,” Solskjaer said in an interview with ESPN. “And we finished the season really strongly in the league as well.
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“We were disappointed that we didn’t get to a final or lift a trophy, but that’s the next step for these players now.”
Solskjaer’s comments echo that of his striker Marcus Rashford who helped United to their last cup success in 2017 when they lifted the Europa League.
In a recent interview with the United Podcast, Rashford said United are ‘close’ ending their current trophy drought.
“I believe the team that we have now is capable of winning big trophies,” he said.
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“I feel like we are close but we are not quite there. We just need to make that final push to be a team that can win trophies and fight for everything.“
Reflecting on last season’s disappointments, Solskjaer feels the team is in a much better place and says Rashford, as well as others, will be key to the club’s future successes.
“I think everyone felt how close we were and the mood, the spirit and the culture has improved since then,“ he added.
“And the belief. Definitely the belief has grown, because we know we’ve got players — Marcus, Anthony [Martial], Mason [Greenwood].“
“When we get them scoring more goals, I’m sure we’ll look more of a threat.“
United reached the last eight following comfortable 3-0 wins over Luton and Brighton respectively and will be confident following their 3-1 league win at Goodison Park last month.
That victory kick-started a seven-game unbeaten run in the Premier League with the only points dropped coming in a 0-0 draw against City in the Manchester derby.
Solskjaer’s side are up to third in the table, just five points behind champions Liverpool in first, with a further game in hand.
The United boss is pleased to see his team playing with more confidence and expects this added belief will help his team to maintain their good run.
He added: “Our form and what we’ve done in 2020 does that.
“They see that we’re more consistent, and in 2020 there aren’t too many teams that have taken more points than us.
“Performances are the main thing. You have to get performances and results to get that belief.”
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