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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is determined to keep Manchester United in the Champions League as he prepares for his final group match.
United will face RB Leipzig on Tuesday night to fight for a place in the round of 16. As long as they avoid defeat, they will qualify.
Therefore, motivation is high for United, who beat the same opponents 5-0 in the reverse match. They will hope to prove themselves in another great game.
Coach Solskjaer believes that his team is increasingly confident in games of this stature.
“The best opponents you play against will give you confidence,” he told a news conference.
“We have to do our work tomorrow first.”
United have come back in their last two league games to claim victories against Southampton and West Ham. Solskjaer believes it is a sign of his improved mindset.
When asked about being more resolute, he said, “I can definitely see those traits return and belief returns.”
Therefore, United will enter the game against Leipzig with a confident approach. They will also be boosted by the fact that they have won eight of their nine away games this season.
In fact, Solskjaer knows that their strengths on their travels will help them on Tuesday.
“It gives us confidence,” he said. “I played in one against Rapid Vienna when we won, so a lot has happened in history.
“We did not expect to have finished before the last game when we saw this group.
“It’s great for us to know that we never give up. We’re just working hard to get into the heads of opponents that we never shut down. “
The Europa League is not on Solskjaer’s mind
If things don’t go according to plan, United could be forced into the Europa League.
They reached the semi-finals of that competition last season, but the long-term goal is for the club to re-establish itself as a regular force in the Champions League.
Therefore, they will be desperate for a result on Tuesday that will ensure their progress through the knockout stages of Europe’s top competition.
Club captain Harry Maguire, speaking alongside Solskjaer, says the prospect of entering the Europa League has not crossed their minds.
“You play better teams with better players, that’s just a fact,” Maguire said. “It’s a challenge, one we want to get involved in, but we haven’t even thought about the Europa League.”
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Solskjaer echoed those thoughts.
“I have to say the same,” said the coach. “You want to play against the best, constantly improve.
“Last season we used the Europa League to give players playing time when they weren’t playing, we don’t have that anymore.
“We are getting better and better. Better preparation, ever sharper. “
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