Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is confident his Manchester United will end their semi-final barrier to set up Europa League finals.


Solskjaer, who has seen over four semis in his tenure, counts on experience and motivation to overcome their semis hoodoo. Should Solskjaer reach May’s Europa League final he will equal Mourinho’s success at Old Trafford.

Solskjaer responded, “Yeah, I would like to think so,” when asked if there was more belief this time around.

“The players have had another year, they’re more experienced, they’ve come through some difficult times,” he added.

“It was a strange end to last season with a tournament. And even though we wanted to get to the final it was a strange atmosphere and feeling staying in Germany.

“Now with the motivation of having those disappointments, I feel very confident that we’ll get a good performance,” Solskjaer revealed.

“That’s the thing. You come to a situation like this, the team’s in good form. It’s confident and you just then hope we can produce on the night,” he continued.

Solskjaer admits the team has ‘done remarkably well to get to five semis’ over the last two seasons. However, Solskjaer revealed it will be a joy and dream comes true the day he will lift silverware at United.

“It will be a dream come true the day I can lift a trophy for this club as a manager. Of course,” the Norwegian revealed.

“That’s what we’re building for. We’ve been close, we’re building step by step, but to take the next step it’s ifs and buts and this and that. You always talk about that.

“But for this team and myself, our ambition this season is to finish with lifting a trophy and being able to celebrate. I know how much that can mean for a group moving forward,” he added.