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Solskjaer previews Man United’s Champions League campaign

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Ahead of Tuesday’s tournament opener against Young Boys, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made Man United’s Champions League preview. 

After getting Man United to the Europa League final last season, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has maintained the proper progress with his group. Even though titles haven’t been going their way, it’s clear that the Red Devils are a far better squad now. The only difference to other years is that today’s roster leaves no room for mistakes. Having new additions such as Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane, or Cristiano Ronaldo make United a top title contender.

Tomorrow, the Red Devils will begin a new campaign as favorites to at least make it to the tournament’s semifinals. With the group they currently have, Ole knows they can’t make any excuses if they get eliminated early in the competition. Man United starts a new season with their visit to Young Boys, where the players already stepped on the pitch for approval. For Ole, winning is a complete obligation given their transfer window. 

Ole expects only the best from his players. 

This is what Ole said according to The Guardian: “Yeah, I can’t look at the squad and say: ‘Ah, we played a game in midweek and we’re tired’. Players are fitter now and we’ve been very robust over the years and improved a lot in the way we’ve dealt with the pandemic situation and games coming thick and fast. But [with] the ones we’ve signed, it’s easier to rotate, definitely, and I’ve told the team I do trust the members of the squad. We’ve had enough disappointments, that’s for sure.

“We’ve had some big moments too but this team has grown and matured over the last few seasons. That was always the plan, back in the day when I came in [December 2018]: to build a squad with experience and quality to challenge. We have had some very good nights and some memorable historic nights at the club [in Europe] – they’re the biggest nights for the club. The aim when we go into this tournament now is to go all the way, it’s going to be difficult – it always is. We’ve added experience, quality and youth and are better prepared this year for what is to come.”