Solskjaer's verdict on our Europa League group
See what Ole told us about the Europa League group-stage draw, after it was completed on 30 August...
Ole, firstly what are your thoughts on Europa League group stage draw? "Interesting. There are a couple of new faces for us in there. You never know what you’re going to get – you could get short trips up to Scotland or you can end up in Kazakhstan as we have! [Smiles] That will be a new experience… I just spoke to Scott [McTominay] [about it] who was there with Scotland. It’s an Astro Turf pitch and a good pitch, but the flights and the travel will be far." There are quite a few logistics to sort out for that match as you say… "Yes but we’ll make the most of it. I had a nice chat with Nemanja [Matic] today about Partizan [Belgrade] too as they beat my Molde team last night! I watched the game and they’ve got Zoran (Tosic) of course who used to play here and I had in the Reserves. We last played them in ‘66 apparently so it will be a new experience for all of us. We’ll have some tough games." Another team we haven’t played before is AZ Alkmaar who Sergio Romero used to play for of course… "Yes, I went to watch Sergio when he played for them actually when I was away with the Reserves for a tournament. We’ll know exactly what we need to do when we get to these games and when we get the fixtures confirmed we’ll sit down and think about the logistics." What will your approach be for the Europa league this season? "We want to win this tournament of course. It’s a competition that we know a lot about, we won it a couple of years back and it can be a way in to the Champions League for next season. It’s also a way that we can use the squad and some youngsters will play these games." European football and being successful in Europe is synonymous with this club isn’t it… "Yes of course. We’ll just focus on when the games come and see where we’re at. We’re looking forward to the games coming thick and fast now. There aren’t enough in this period… everyone is raring to go and chomping at the bit and in September and October and beyond we’ll see where we’re are."