Solskjaer: This team can win everything
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes that Manchester United's youthful squad has the ability to help the club achieve great things.
The Reds have been boosted by Anthony Martial and Phil Jones signing new contracts in the space of just over a week and, with talented players continuing to come through the Academy, Solskjaer believes that the blend of youth and experience should put United in good stead for years to come.
“The club and the team can [win everything], yes,” Ole told reporters in his press conference to preview Saturday's match at Fulham.
“If you look at the players, the age of them, they're young. They've got plenty of development in them. But we also need some experienced players to stay and step up and really become the leaders. Paul [Pogba] and Jesse [Lingard], they're at that age where we expect them to take that responsibility and not just be a young boy that floats around, so this club [and] this team, yeah, definitely [can win everything].
”I think we're too far behind this year, obviously,
“ Ole was quick to point out when asked about a Premier League title challenge, ”but you've got to catch up with the teams ahead of us, especially City, Liverpool and Tottenham.
“We have beaten Tottenham, so we know that we are capable of that, but we need the consistency. We've got the possibility to make a big difference in our preparation and in everything. When I came in at Molde, they were 10th in 2010 and then in 2011 we won the league, so never say never.”
'PHIL IS A GOOD TRAINER'
Earlier on Friday, Jones committed his long-term future to the club, with the 26-year-old defender signing a new deal that will extend his stay until 2023.
When asked about Phil's previous injury concerns, Ole suggested that he should be able to build some momentum that will hopefully reduce his time on the sidelines, now that he's a regular again in the team.
Since Solskjaer's arrival in December, our no.4 has featured in all 10 of the Reds' games - either starting or coming off the bench.
“Phil has trained every single day since I've come back and that's key for him that he's fit because, if he's fit and when's he fit, he'll improve and he's a good trainer,” said Ole.
“He's previously been thrown in and played when he's not been 100 per cent fit. Of course there is a chance he will get niggles but he's been available for every single game for me. Let's hope he stays fit, yeah, and we think he can because the medical staff have also had their view.”
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