Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Solskjaer: There are winners in this squad

Thursday 31 December 2020 13:30

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes the members of his Manchester United squad feel “privileged” to be part of of the club.

The boss was asked about the mentality among the group ahead of our New Year’s Day clash with Aston Villa in the Premier League,.and reiterated the importance of having a deep and talented squad, but was also keen to highlight the sense of responsibility and professionalism that are present in the current dressing-room.

In particular, Ole pointed to two former Premier League title-winners in his ranks, as squad members who are helping to drive the Reds on as we enter 2021.
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“Yeah, definitely [the mentality is stronger],” Ole told reporters via video link, in his pre-match press conference. 

“One, they’re two years older than when I came. Two, some of them are strong personalities that we’ve brought in and they have really been a good influence. 

“I think we have competition for places which means you cannot go around thinking that you can just fake your way being part of this team because you only deserve to be in a team you contribute to. I think everyone has just realised they are privileged to be part of Manchester United, such a fantastic club with a fantastic history.
“When you are here, enjoy it as much as you can and maybe experience some fantastic times. We’ve got winners, like Juan Mata and Nemanja Matic, who don’t play every single game but are so influential in the group, in the build-up to games and even during games when they’re not playing.”

At this busy time of year, the boss explained the importance of picking the right XI for each specific game, even if it means leaving a few players disappointed.

It’s something Ole knows all too well from his playing days. The Norwegian was once left on the bench after netting four against Everton, but said feeling angry at the manager can sometimes be part and parcel of playing for the Reds.

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“I remember those four goals,” the boss added. “I remember also the times you feel you deserve to play and are left out. It’s part of being at Manchester United. We have top players everywhere and you know that, throughout the season, if you are going to win everything, you have to contribute."

Ole was also asked about the specific threat of Villa's Jack Grealish on Friday night.

"He is player for Aston Villa and England and has only improved," he replied. "I don’t want to say too much about other teams’ players but, of course, he’s a player we know we need to look out for. He scored a brilliant goal last season and we’ve face him enough times last season to know it is going to be a difficult game."