Silverware and top four a success for Solskjaer?
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 12: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Manager of Manchester United looks on prior to the UEFA Europa League group L match between Manchester United and AZ Alkmaar at Old Trafford on December 12, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Manchester United's rich history of winning silverware has faded in recent years but legend and now manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is eyeing up Europa League success.

United are without a trophy since they won the European competition under Jose Mourinho in May 2017. Rivals, Liverpool, do have more major honours to their name than United who have 45 major honours, whereas Liverpool now have 48. 

Solskjaer's main task this season was to bring Champions League football back to the red half of Manchester which he accomplished with a third-place finish in the league. But trophies are still hot on fans' minds.

At the Theatre of Dreams, under Sir Alex Ferguson, finishing in the top-four without a trophy would be unsatisfactory across the board. However, since the Scottish manager retired, top-four has been welcomed with open arms to fans that crave those thrilling European nights under the lights. 

  • Solskjaer seeks European triumph

Before the match, Solskjaer stressed to the media the importance of winning a trophy this season: "It's massive. When I won my first trophy as a player it made me more hungry because you saw the highs and how much it meant to everyone.

"We've been to two semi-finals this season in the FA Cup and Carabao Cup and we want to go one further and win something.

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"If we can get our hands on a trophy it's a big step forward. I hope the players need to win, like I do."

  • Martial has made 'huge strides' says Solskjaer

With 23 goals across all competitions this season, Anthony Martial has levelled his tally of the 2017/18 and 2018/19 season combined. 

Solskjaer was full of praise for the French striker in his pre-match press conference on Sunday evening: 

"Anto has made huge strides this season in many aspects of his game. I like him being in between the posts and scoring the simple goals. We know he can do worldies.

"Physically he's at the best level in his career and I'm just looking forward to seeing him improve. There's more to come from Anthony, definitely."

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Solskjaer rounded off his press conference with a reminder of his expectations for his players: "We have developed through the season. We have a squad that's been working together and we've got the principles into the group. But one defeat in 23 is one too many."

The task Solskjaer has set his players is simple, win a trophy and then win more next season.