Ole Gunnar Solskjaer eyes FA Cup statement against Canaries
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Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to lift the FA Cup this season to signal a new era at Old Trafford as he prepares to bring the Reds to Norwich City for Saturday’s quarter-final tie.
Solskjaer knows what clinching the first trophy of his time in charge would mean after winning it twice under Sir Alex Ferguson.
“It’s a fantastic tournament and the final is great — it’s a great trophy to lift,” he said, speaking at his pre-match press briefing on Friday morning. “We’re a young team, so to win that first trophy could be the catalyst for things to come.
“Hopefully we can get through the next round and into the final.
“Of course, you play against different teams, difficult teams that want to win and challenge us. But for us, every game is a chance to prove you’re good enough for Man United and that we are on the right track, so every game when you play for Man United is a game you can win. So for us, it’s a challenge now to keep the consistency.
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“With the long lay-off we’ve had we need to look after the players. We need to put on good performances but we need to make sure the players are safe as well.”
The Reds have no fresh injury worries after beating Sheffield United 3-0 in midweek, but Solskjaer hinted at changes for the trip to Norfolk.
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“Are there any new injuries? No. I think we came through unscathed,” said the Norwegian, speaking to his club’s official site. “It’s great seeing the players being in good form. I know that we’ve got so many others wanting to play as well, so there will have to be a few changes, because there’s a game again on Tuesday and then Saturday.
“That’s the pleasure of being a manager: when to give players a chance and when to give players a rest. Because we are still early on in this restart period, and it’s going to be a long period. Hopefully it’ll end on August 21 (the day of the Europa League final), so we’re going to have many games ahead of us. But we’re solely focused on this one now. The FA Cup is a great tournament, and we’ve started the preparations.”
United have won both Premier League meetings this season. Tim Krul’s penalty saving heroics could not avert a 3-1 home defeat in October before Daniel Farke’s squad were well-beaten 4-0 at Old Trafford in January.