It’s an exciting season for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United, he will get to go back to Camp Nou where his legend as a player started.
After the impressive first season as the Manchester United manager for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, it was only fitting or poetic that the Norwegian manager would have a chance to go back to FC Barcelona’s Camp Nou Stadium where his legend began.
To those who don’t remember, Solskjaer was the reason that Manchester United won the Treble back in 1999 when he scored the winning goal in the Champions League final against Bayern Munich at Camp Nou.
The current season in the continental tournament has given us many great surprises for Manchester United so far, but we have a feeling that the best is yet to come from the Red Devils as they get the biggest challenge of the season for them and possibly the greatest obstacle that Solskjaer has ever needed to get through as a professional manager.
The manager spoke about the possibility of playing against any club in the competition, he still didn’t know that his squad was facing FC Barcelona but he did talk about the possibility of facing the most competitive sides in the quarterfinals and he reckoned that they need to beat anyone in order to go all the way.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said coming through really tough games is part of winning trophies, comparing United's cup exploits with those of 1999 pic.twitter.com/jWOa3CWmS6
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Despite not being currently considered title contenders for any competition, Solskjaer still believes that his squad is competing to win the two trophies in which they are still alive regardless of who they are facing.
Manchester United is about to play the FA Cup’s Quarterfinal match against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday, they have a great chance to go all the way to the semifinals of the competition and maybe even get some silverware by the end of it.
However, the gaffer wanted to motivate his players by letting them know that he trusts they can beat any squad in the Champions League as he spoke to the press on Friday.
Solskjaer is a living legend of Manchester United, one of the special players who managed to score a goal in the Champions League final for the Red Devils and the ideal man who can take the squad back to its glory days from the Alex Ferguson years.
There has been a lot of speculation about his future lately, reports have already suggested that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is set to get his new contract as the permanent manager in the upcoming days but the board doesn’t want to rush the announcement because they don’t want to distract Ole and his technical staff.
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When asked about the chances they have to win the Champions League, Ole said: “I think we’ve shown against Paris St-Germain that on any given day we can beat a top team,” said Solskjaer via BBC Sport.
“Any team can beat anyone of the eight. There’s still top, top quality. Of course, with Cristiano Ronaldo still in it I don’t think it’s opened up that much.”
“There are so many variables and these games will be decided by margins. Of course that VAR, even though for me it’s a penalty, you can still be unlucky and not get it in the last minute and then we’d be out and no one would really remember the PSG performance.”
“I believe that you get what you deserve in life, in sports. If you put the work in, if you work hard, show the right attitude, if you go in every single day and do the right things you can maximize your chances.”
“So yes, we can go all the way but you’ve got to be lucky and good along the way.”
“To win trophies you’ve got to win at least one or two really tough games. They’re like defining moments. We beat Liverpool, we beat Chelsea, we beat Arsenal back then [in 1999], and you think ‘we deserve a little bit of luck in the draw next time’ but Wolves away, what a difficult game that can be.”
“We’re not challenging to win the league this year but we are challenging for the other two trophies. The confidence in the players is sky high. The mood is good, the training attitude is good, so hopefully we can keep that run going.”
Twenty years on from that memorable night in the Nou Camp, Ole says our return there next month is all down to hard work! #MUFC
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