Solskjaer's message to the players after Wolves loss
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has delivered a clear message to his Manchester United players ahead of the international break, instructing them all to feel recharged, positive and focused when they return.
The Reds suffered a disappointing blow on Saturday evening by losing 2-1 to Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Emirates FA Cup quarter-final at Molineux.
That result followed the similarly frustrating Premier League defeat to Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium the previous weekend.
The international break is now upon us and, when asked if the two-week period will feel longer than usual, Solskjaer agreed and proceeded to lay down a challenge to all members of the squad.
“It is happening so we cannot do anything about it,” Ole told us.
“To the players who go away with international teams, go and enjoy, go and play as well as you can.
"Some of them have been called back into a squad, maybe that gives them a boost, but we just need to come back recharged.
“Whatever you are doing, if you have days off, or play with the national team, come back with a big smile, loads of energy and be ready for the league and Champions League.”
United will return to action on Saturday 30 March with an important Premier League match against Watford at Old Trafford, with a victory clearly needed in the fight to finish in the top four.
That home match is followed by another trip to Wolves, on the evening of Tuesday 2 April, before European giants Barcelona visit on Wednesday 10 April for a highly-anticipated Champions League quarter-final first leg.
In the post-match press conference on Saturday, Solskjaer was quick to reassure supporters that the players will peak at this crucial time in the campaign.
“We’re ready to go again after the internationals,” he told reporters. “We’ve got so much to play for. Manchester United, in April and May, we always find our form.
"We can’t wait for the challenge. We’ve got big nights like Barcelona to come and so many highlights to look forward to. The players? Don’t worry about their attitude. When they come back again, we’ll give it a good go.”
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