Man Utd: Solskjaer responds to European Super League news
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Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has only positive things to say about Ed Woodward. The latter revealed he was resigning from his role at Old Trafford shortly after the collapse of the European Super League. And the Norwegian believes the club will cope, as they always have done.
It’s been a whirlwind week at United.
The club beat Burnley 3-1 on Sunday to boost their chances of finishing second in the Premier League table, with Edinson Cavani and Mason Greenwood on target.
Then came the bombshell over the European Super League, a competition that would have contained the majority of the richest and glitziest clubs from around Europe.
In the aftermath of United withdrawing from the tournament, Woodward resigned.
And Solskjaer has now reacted to his departure in an interview with Sky Sports, insisting the Red Devils will cope.
“We’ve gradually built, layer by layer,” he said.
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“John and Fletch, I speak to them daily. We’ve had a very close and very good working relationship.
“Ed Woodward brought me here, backed me and supported me, so of course it’s going to be a change for us all when he leaves.
“But we’ve had to move on before and, for me, we’ve got to move on again. Manchester United is always bigger than individuals.”
Solskjaer revealed players were confused by the creation of the ESL, acknowledging the uncertainty it caused.
“It seems like a historic period in football,” he said.
“It has brought fans together, coaches, managers. They have all let their voices be heard and we all agree that the outcome is good.
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“They had a couple of days where I think their heads were going, ‘what’s going to happen with football? What’s going to happen with us?’
“Of course, it was difficult. When we met on Wednesday morning, you worried whether the concentration was going to be there. You wondered what kind of session you were going to be able to do.
“But we let them play and compete, and they were fine. It took some time in the warm-up, maybe, to get their heads on training. But since then they have been as good as gold.”
Solskjaer also hailed Paul Pogba and Luke Shaw, insisting they’re ‘unstoppable’ when in form.
“I’m quite strong and strict on discipline and fitness because it doesn’t cost anything to be the fittest version of yourself,” he said.
“To work hard costs absolutely nothing. When you’ve got the talent of those boys and you are fit, you feel better about yourself, you play better and you do more.
“It’s quite simple but of course, you also need to speak to them, and you need to give them a role that can maximise their qualities.
“You need to allow them to grow and perform in that role in a way that makes them feel, ‘this is the best possible me’.
“Paul and Luke are two players who, when they play to their best level, are unstoppable at times.”
United are set to miss out on the title to fierce rivals Manchester City.
But Solskjaer feels they’re getting better and better, insisting a Europa League triumph would mean a lot and represent another step in the right direction.
“We need to keep getting better at what we are good at, keep improving our weaknesses, and keep getting the relationships between the players more instinctive because we are a young team,” he said.
“We’ve added some good players and we are gradually getting to know each other.
“We want to come back strong when next season starts and get consistency because consistency is key for any team that is going to win the league. You cannot be up and down, up and down, up and down, within days or within weeks or within months.
“You will have a little wobble for two or three games but that’s the maximum. You cannot win the league without consistently performing at your best level.
“We’re a year older than last year and next year, again, we’ll have more experience. Hopefully we can finish this season with a trophy in the Europa League which would give us more belief and confidence.”
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