Solskjaer: Man Utd stars must ‘prove’ that they can win trophies

Date published: Monday 13th September 2021 8:19 - Lewis Oldham

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has suggested that it is down to his players “to prove” that they “can win trophies” after their busy summer in the transfer market.

Man Utd were very active during the summer transfer window. Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane joined the club earlier in the window before Cristiano Ronaldo re-signed from Juventus shortly before the deadline.

Solskjaer’s side have made a strong start to the season. They have ten points from their opening four Premier League games.

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All three summer signings started at the weekend as the Red Devils hosted Newcastle United at Old Trafford. Ronaldo scored a brace as the hosts won 4-1.

Man Utd are yet to win a trophy under Solskjaer, but they are hoping to challenge on all fronts this season.

As reported by ESPN, during his latest press conference, Solskjaer claimed that his players must “prove” themselves in their pursuit for trophies this term:

“It’s up to us now to get results and to prove to ourselves we can win trophies.

“Everyone who signs for Manchester United wants to win trophies. To be a part of a winning Man United team, it’s the most magical feeling in the world.

“Everyone’s just focusing on doing our best and let’s see where we go.”

Solskjaer went onto praise Paul Pogba, who he believes is one of the best passers in Europe:

“Paul has come back in good shape and he’s worked really hard over the summer, he came back lean and fit,” Solskjaer continued.

“What does an assist consist of? A square pass and Bruno [Fernandes] hits the top corner or when Paul plays a great pass through and Mason [Greenwood] runs through?

“Paul has always been a top passer, one of the best in European football. He’s probably got assists from not his best passes this season. I don’t count assists.

“I would give Anthony Martial an assist for Jesse Lingard’s goal [against Newcastle], when he leaves the ball, like [Dwight] Yorke and [Andy] Cole.”

Elsewhere, Nemanja Matic has suggested that Ronaldo’s comeback has added “positive energy” at Old Trafford:

“They’re happy, I see them excited. I hope we are going to continue to do the same job and try to win some trophies this season for them.

“(The atmosphere) was fantastic. Obviously Ronaldo brings some positive energy to the stadium again and, yeah, he deserves all the best.

“He has that quality to score goals from every position. I think he will be a very good addition to our squad.”

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