Ahead of Saturday night’s game against Norwich in the FA Cup, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has spoken to the official site about the importance of this squad getting their hands on their first trophy. While some players have been a part of trophy winning sides in the last three years, several new signings and academy graduates are looking for their first taste of glory.
Winning trophies is vital. This team needs to get their hands on the first trophy, so if it’s the FA Cup or the Europa League, fantastic. We also know it’s important to be in the Champions League for next year, so we’re going to do our best to end with as many finals and trophies as possible, and as high up in the league as possible.
It always used to be the last game of the season and the spectacle and the climax of the season really, and there’s been so many fantastic FA Cup finals through the years. Obviously this one is going to be a different one, with the lack of supporters in the ground. But, still, we want to be there. So we’ve prepared well for this Norwich game. We played them twice earlier in the season, of course, and we know what we need to do well. We’ve looked at our games and seen what have we done well and what can we improve on.
In the league, United beat Norwich 4-0 at Old Trafford and 3-1 away from home, but Ole isn’t putting too much importance on those results ahead of the tie.
Every game is a one-off, really, and they can stop thinking about their league position. It’s a chance for them to come to the cup final as well. So for us, we’ve looked at the first two games – of course we have – and seen what we’ve done well. Very much of it is due to the attitude and work-rate and, of course, then one or two will shine through. But the attitude has been spot-on in both of the games against Norwich.