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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hopes Europa League win can be a stepping stone

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says winning the Europa League could point to a "bright future" for Manchester United.

United face Spanish side Villarreal in the continental showpiece tonight (26.05.21) as Solskjaer looks to win his first trophy as Red Devils manager and the coach hopes it could be the start of big things for the club.

He said: "We have five wins in Europe. We've lost twice to Barcelona.

"These are big nights for us. It might be the stepping stone for something better to come, a bright future because this team is a young team.

"It's a team that we've rebuilt over the last couple of years, so hopefully this is the start of something more."

Solskjaer helped United win the Champions League as a player but isn't concerned about his own personal narrative.

The Norwegian coach said: "I don't even think about that. I'm always looking forward and thinking about the next decision, making the right decision for the club.

"I never think about my CV, never. I think about making sure the players are ready. If you have to make decisions tomorrow, then you do it.

"I'll speak to the subs and tell them they might have to play a big part. Players can be disappointed, they can be angry with me but they should enjoy it because you don't play too many finals in your life."

Solskjaer is aware that he may have to upset some players with his team selection but is only focused on securing victory.

He said: "It's always difficult to leave players out but a final is a reward for what you've done over the whole season.

"Then, if there's a doubt between a couple of players it comes down to the form in the latter stages. We'll enjoy the last training session and the players will get the team tomorrow."

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