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Juan Mata backs Solskjaer to end Man United’s trophy drought

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Juan Mata is convinced Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will end Manchester United’s trophy-drought sooner rather than later.

The last piece of silverware Mata won came in the 2017 Europa League final, where United defeated Ajax 2-0 in Sweden under Jose Mourinho.

The Red Devils have since passed two campaigns without landing any major trophies. It’s caused them to turn to Solskjaer after ditching Mourinho in December 2018 following a poor run of results.

Despite a promising start, however, life under Solskjaer has gone downhill in rather dramatic fashion ever since he became the permanent manager in March.

In fact, United find themselves down in 10th-place in the Premier League and 11 points behind leaders Liverpool following Monday’s 1-1 draw against Arsenal.

Therefore, Solskjaer’s best hope of silverware this season will likely come in a cup competition in either the Europa League, FA Cup or Carabao Cup.

“I think that when the club says we’re going to take time and the manager as well, we don’t believe it’s going to be too long,” Mata told reporters in a press conference.

“I think this club, since I’ve been born, has always been winning. [Ole] has won here a lot as a player and, for me, personally, I have been here for a few years already and won a few things, but obviously, my aim in my mind is only to win something important with United.

“I believe that during my time here as a player we can do it.

“Obviously, we know other teams are doing things well and playing very good football, but I think that winning a trophy with United is possible and that, now, in the final part of my career, is my biggest opportunity.”

Solskjaer will be out for all three points in United’s next Europa League clash at AZ Alkmaar in Group L this evening.

The match in the Netherlands begins at 18:55 (CET).

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SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 31: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Manager of Manchester United shows appreciation to the fans after the Premier League match between Southampton FC and Manchester United at St Mary’s Stadium on August 31, 2019 in Southampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)