MANCHESTER UNITED manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said yesterday that winning a trophy isn’t necessarily an honest indication of progress before his side’s Europa League last 16 second leg against AC Milan, insisting the club is improving a day .
The jury remains out on Solskjaer into his third season at United, with the club having not won a trophy since their 2017 Europa League success when coached by Jose Mourinho.
However, after finishing sixth and third within the Premier League under Solskjaer, United sit second within the English top flight standings this season, and therefore the Norwegian feels domestic improvement shows where the club is at.
“I think that you simply need to say that once you see the culture of what’s happening a day I feel tons of improvement within the everyday routine, everyday work that we do,” Solskjaer told a press conference .
“The boys have taken on board what we would like . We are 12 points before where we were within the league last season. in fact we are always looking to win trophies, but as we’ve said, sometimes a trophy can hide what else is occurring at a club.
“It is that the league position where you see if you’re progressing really. In some cup competitions you’ll be lucky or unlucky.”
Solskjaer was during a confident mood before the clash against Milan within the San Siro today, despite United having been held to a 1-1 attract the primary leg.
“We got to perform at our greatest level,” he added. “They are a physical side with a lot of energy, but these are the type of games that we’d like to challenge and see if we will really reach subsequent level.”
The return of recent absentees David de Gea, Paul Pogba and Edinson Cavani for the trip to Milan has given Solskjaer a lift , but the United coach insisted none are bound to start the match.
“There are a few that we’d like to assess if they’re available,” Solskjaer said. “Anthony Martial may be a definite no-go. “Apart from that we are assessing the remainder as we speak. Some might travel still wanting to confirm they’re available still.”