Man Utd boss Solskjaer declares winning trophies is ‘an ego thing’

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says winning trophies doesn’t automatically mean Man Utd “are back” and that it’s more of “an ego thing for managers and clubs”.

The Norwegian faces a big week at Man Utd with his side facing AC Milan on Thursday in the second leg of their Europa League last-16 tie before travelling to Leicester City in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup on Sunday.

The Man Utd boss is yet to win any silverware at Old Trafford but has given himself a great chance this season by remaining in two cup competitions.

However, Solskjaer chose to play down the significance of winning trophies in his press conference on Wednesday.

Solskjaer told reporters: “I felt a big rebuild had to be made. The league is always the bread and butter and that’s when you see how capable you are.

“The cups are sometimes an ego thing for managers and clubs. It’s not like a trophy will say ‘we are back’, no. It’s gradual progression at the top of the league. Sometimes the cup competitions can hide your progress a bit.”

On the progress under his management, the former Man Utd striker added: “When you see the culture here, I see progress every day. It’s for others how much to assess there’s been an improvement. We’re all aiming to win trophies at this club, but sometimes the trophy can hide other things that are happening at the club.

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“It’s in the league positions that you see whether you’re progressing, really. The cups you can be lucky or unlucky. Of course we’re aiming to win, that’s why you play football. ”

On their match against Milan, Solskjaer added: “We saw the game last week and how difficult its going to be. A physical side, loads of energy and good quality in the team. We need to perform at our best level to go through. We’ve never been too lucky with draws since I’ve been here!

“Tomorrow night is going to be about loads of things: quality, experience, game management, a good start of course. I always enjoy being away from home in the second leg, that means so much more when you score a goal. ”

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