The Red Devils prepare to battle PSG tomorrow after shocking first leg victory
Man United hope to extend their weekend comeback spirit when they welcome Paris Saint German to Old Trafford tomorrow.
With the knockout stage looking positive for United, Solskjaer hopes to seal his side’s qualification with a win tomorrow against Thomas Tuchel’s men.
Speaking ahead of the game tomorrow, Solskjaer emphasized on the need for early qualification into the round 16 of Europe’s elite club competition.
“The training group today was a big one, everyone wants to be involved and everyone has held their hands up for selection.”
“The quicker you qualify the better. We want to win the group, we go out there in our style with attacking intent and defending well against a top team, of course — our mindset is to win the game and win the group.” he said.
Speaking on Edinson Cavani’s impressive start to life at Old Trafford, the manager expressed satisfaction at the Uruguayan’s stunning outings so far.
“He [Cavani] is ready to play and of course it’s special for him to play against PSG, his old club where he is the top scorer, so that will affect him mentally.”
“From knowing him, that will give him energy. He is so professional. And he will work on his mindset today to get ready for the game.”
“He [Cavani] has learned a lesson. It might affect him, but he will have to put that to one side when the game is on. The best players can put those things aside.”
“He [Cavani] has already learned two English words – ‘tomorrow, off’. He wants a day off after a win — when we win a game he already knows that one!”
“We know he’s [Cavani] got talent and I could have spoken about his predatory instincts as a striker but what I noticed what his ability to be a team player, which we’ve already seen here with his work rate.”
“His [Cavani] running stats show him top of the Premier League, which at 33 tells you everything.” he said.
Commenting on his team’s incredible burst to life of recent and expectations going further, Solskjaer insisted on the need for the lads to keep up the attitude if they are to stand a chance against title contenders
“You lose the chance to win or lose the title in the first eight to 10 games if you don’t keep up with the pack. But we don’t win it in those games.”
“We can talk as much as we like and give players belief, that belief in their performances and what we do day-in, day-out, like Donny [Van de Beek] next to me has the attitude of ‘every day is important’.”
“I feel my squad is ready to do better than last season. Last season we were the best of the rest so let’s see if we can move up the table.”
On potential winter transfers for the Red outfit, Solskjær refused to give any confirmations.
“Here we go… on the eve of an important game against PSG and we’re talking transfers.”
“I think there’s only one position here that we can only say is between Dean [Henderson] and David [De Gea]. The rest have got ability to play in different positions.”
“You try to give him [a developing player] advice and help him, but deep down the player decides how good they can become. If they have the determination and ability to learn, of course we’re here.”
“To give them a chance to develop, you have to give them a chance to play. I’m here t help the players but also to help the club.” he said.
Picking just a point against 13th-placed Bordeaux reveals a bit of the Parisians poor form recently despite heading the French League 1 table.
United could be exploiting a weak PSG defense that conceded 2 goals against Bordeaux during the weekend.