Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Manchester United have had ‘enough disappointments’ in Europe as they start their first Champions League group stage match.
The Red Devils travel to Switzerland to take on Young Boys on Tuesday night – with LIVE commentary on talkSPORT 2 – with hopes of scoring no less than three points.
United had a dismal season in Europe last year when they were eliminated by RB Leipzig in the last game of the group stage and after entering the Europa League they failed to lift the trophy after losing to Villarreal in the final on penalties.
After being considerably strengthened in the transfer window, especially with the arrivals of Cristiano Ronaldo, Raphaël Varane and Jadon Sancho, the Norwegian will be determined to have a better campaign this time around.
“We’ve had enough disappointments for sure,” Solskjaer said ahead of their first European match. “This team has now matured and grown.
“I have to say that was always the plan when I arrived. With players like David [De Gea], Harry [Maguire] has had a few years now. We have a backbone in the team.
“With Raphaël [Varane] and cristiano [Ronaldo], they added something extra that you have to buy unless you win it yourself four times. We have certainly learned.
“The group is special. They take care of each other and we are in a good position.
The Red Devils boss has also been asked about Paul Pogba who is reportedly set to turn around and sign a new contract.
It is claimed that one of the ripple effects of Ronaldo’s arrival may be to persuade Pogba that his future should be at Old Trafford, with his contract expiring at the end of the season.
Solskjaer did not speak specifically of the Frenchman but when asked about the Frenchman he said the squad’s progress would be attractive to any player who wants to stay or join United.
“Yeah, well, it’s up to us now to get results and prove to ourselves that we can win trophies,” Solskjaer said when asked about Pogba.
“I think everyone who signs for Manchester United wants to win trophies, wants to be part of a winning Manchester United. It is the most magical feeling in the world to be part of a winning Man United team.
“I think everyone’s just focusing on doing their best and let’s see where we’re going.”
The manager also provided an update on Edinson Cavani, who is currently injured and will not be taking part in the trip to Switzerland.
Pogba and Ronaldo are part of United’s 22-member squad for the Group F opener in Switzerland, but veteran striker Cavani has been left at home.
“Edi is hopefully back with us soon,” added Solskjaer.
“He had a little tension during the international week after the internal game that we played. He’s working hard to get back.
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