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Solskjaer says the Champions League is now in the past

BARCELONA, SPAIN - APRIL 16: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Manager of Manchester United gives Marcus Rashford of Manchester United a piece of paper with instructions during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final second leg match between FC Barcelona and Manchester United at Camp Nou on April 16, 2019 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
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According to the Manchester United manager, his team is now focused on finishing the 2018-2019 English Premier League season in the best position possible.

Manchester United was trashed 4-0 on aggregate by Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League Quarterfinal.

And now the team is just participating in the English Premier League, as they are out of any other competitions.

Which Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes is a blessing in disguise, as the team can now focus to finish in the best position possible at the national league level.

“Of course when you lose games, you’re not happy, you don’t like it, but I don’t think the confidence should be knocked by going out to Barcelona,” the manager told Sky Sports.

“But it was just a reality check of where we’re at. We played our part in those two games, especially in the first leg and at the start in Barcelona, and we know we’re not that far away, but there’s still a little way to go because they won it thoroughly in the end.”

“Everton will be a tough game, but if we get concentrated and we get the team to defend together, attack well, find our flow, I’m sure we can get a good result,” he continued.

“Everyone has already got their minds on this. We’ve got our act together and we’ve got everyone focusing. We enjoyed the weather on Thursday out on the pitch, and there was a recovery for those who played.”

“You could see in the session, the determination and hunger were there and all of them want to play on Sunday, and it’ll be down to me to leave some out.”

Manchester United is now set to play against Everton in the English competition.

“It’s my job to mentally get the players back on track and ready for the game on Sunday,” the boss added.

“We’ve got a week leading up to Huddersfield, and we need to get the level back to where we started against Barcelona – it was a great 15 minutes. If we do that consistently, I’m sure we can get a good performance.”

“We’ve got Everton, City, Chelsea, and I’ve got to decide if we’ve got enough energy to play the same team over those three games. I’ve got to decide if we mix or rest players, freshen it up, so you’re head never stops working,” he concluded.