Solskjaer sets target for Man Utd after FA Cup exit


Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has challenged his team to win the Europa League to make amends for their exit from the FA Cup.

The Red Devils were comfortably beaten by Leicester City at the King Power Stadium on Sunday, setting up a semi-final game between the Foxes and Southampton.

Solskjaer recently played down the importance of winning titles, suggesting trophies can paint a false picture of the progress being made by the club.

However, the Norwegian coach is yet to win any trophy as manager at Old Trafford and he knows he needs to do so in order to stay in a job.

Solskjaer has now challenged his side to go all the way a d win the Europa League, as well as finishing second in the Premier League.

‘We’ve got the Europa League and Premier League to concentrate on,’ said Solskjaer. ‘Yes we would’ve liked to go to Wembley but now all the focus is on the games we do have.

‘We’re in a good position in the league and we want to keep improving, of course Leicester are just behind us so it won’t be easy but we want to keep going and get as far as possible in the Europa as well.’

Solskjaer was criticised for the number of changes he made in the clash with Leicester, with Bruno Fernandes, Luke Shaw and Scott McTominay all dropping to the bench.

United looked shattered after their 1-0 victory against AC Milan 72 hours earlier, while the foxes had a week off to prepare for the 3-1 win.

The Red devils lead Leicester by a point in the Premier League and will play Brighton when the competition restarts in a fortnight’s time.


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