Ole Gunnar Solskjaer speaks at a pre-match press conference

Solskjaer: We know what's at stake

With the 2018/19 Premier League season coming into its final stages and Manchester United having only seven games left to play, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says his team have what it takes to secure a top-four finish and a place in next season’s Champions League.

In a press conference on Monday morning ahead of United’s trip to Wolverhampton Wanderers, Solskjaer was asked whether the return to Molineux was a test of pride after such a recent defeat on the same pitch in the Emirates FA Cup quarter-finals.

“Of course, when you lose a game you have to be seen to have the mentality that you want to bounce back,”
he said.
“But the mentality wasn’t the problem against Wolves, we just didn’t find the quality.

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“Wolves are a team that enjoy playing against the big sides, and their results against all the big sides have shown that. But if my players come in working like they do every day, then we’ll be fine.
“It's up to the team in possession to play with quality, through lines and with creativity, and that's the difficult part of football. I don't think that's a challenge for us more than anyone else. But we want to get to a point where we enjoy putting teams under pressure.”
Solskjaer also insisted that he doesn’t need to inform the players that a place in Europe's elite competition is there to be secured.

“I don’t think I have to remind them,”
he said.
“They know it themselves and they want to be in the Champions League.
“Three months ago, we were 11 points behind fourth place. Maybe the players didn’t believe that they were in with a chance in November or December last year. But if we do our jobs in the last seven games, we’ll be in the Champions League next year.”
When questioned by the press whether or not his approach has changed since his appointment as full-time manager, the Norwegian replied:
“No, my mindset hasn't changed at all, I don’t feel under more pressure.

“I have to think more in the long run now, but I’m [still] here to win games, and my mentality hasn’t changed.
“I don’t know if I’ll last as long as the gaffer [Sir Alex Ferguson], but I’m going to enjoy while it lasts.”

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