Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Issues Strong Challenge to His Squad


On the eve of the biggest match of the year, Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has issued a major challenge to his squad. Will they now rise up and meet the moment tomorrow night against RB Leipzig in the Champions League?

United need a result here, period, in order to go through, so the Norwegian put out the call for players who play for the badge, not the name on the back of the shirt.

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“The players are Manchester United players because they have qualities we’ve looked for,” Solskjaer told a press conference today.

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“I’m sure they will prove the reasons why they’re here, they will show it. The character of the group is getting better and better.

“It’s something we want, games like this, it’s a tradition for Man United, we never make it easy for ourselves.”

Obviously, a big part of part of finding and creating that motivation rests with the Norwegian himself, as it’s his duty to make these guys buy in to the team concept.

The same day OGS made these remarks Paul Pogba’s agent undermined the club by creating a massive distraction, saying how his client is going to leave the club. After Solskjaer, the other individual who is most tasked with leading the players is team captain Harry Maguire.

“I joined this club for the biggest game possible,” Maguire said. “You step up in those pressure games, the big players step up in the big games.”

The center back likened this match to the one that got them there in first place- a win over Leicester City in the season finale, a 2-0 result that saw them clinch third in the table, and with it a UCL birth.

“It’s similar to Leicester last year where we had to go and get a result to reach the Champions League. We feel ready and prepared and we’re looking forward to it,” the Englishman added.

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  1. Ole you must be the best circus Norwegian clown ever exists in Manchester. In the 1st place how can you throw a challenge to your team, when you have no tactical knowledge of how to play the game. It makes my toes jumping and laughing. Just because you have won the last 2 away games with Southampton and WHU, you don’t make yourself to be a brilliant coach. You stupid moron, let see what happens tonite…God bless MU.

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