Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants his players to use their Europa League success as motivation to finish the season well.
Manchester United reached the Europa League semi-finals after Edinson Cavani’s early strike and a Jesus Vallejo own goal secured a 2-0 home win over Granada, completing a 4-0 win on aggregate.
Solskjaer is looking to end the season on a high after United set-up a Europa League semi-final clash against AS Roma.
Marcus Rashford’s strike and a late Bruno Fernandes penalty in Granada last week put the Red Devils in firm control of their quarter-final tie against the European debutants.
They followed that up with another 2-0 win on Thursday, when Edinson Cavani’s early volley and a late Jesus Vallejo own goal sealed a 4-0 aggregate triumph and the club’s 18th continental semi-final.
Roma stand between Solskjaer’s side and the Gdansk finale. The semi-final tie brings back memories of United’s remarkable 8-3 aggregate victory against the Italian side in the 2007 Uefa Champions League quarter-finals.
Speaking after the game on Thursday, the Norwegian mentor said things can only get better from now on. Solskjaer is hoping to make it fifth time lucky after United fell short in four semi-finals between last season and the current one.
“Let’s hope so (to win). You know, when you get to a semi, that’s the nature of the game, you’re playing against good teams.
“We played against some good teams but we relish the chance again to go to a final. I’ve seen the determination, the attitude in every player that we want to go one further.
“The disappointment of the defeats that we’ve had, they give us the motivation to go one step further and hopefully end the season on a high.”
United return to Premier League action on Sunday after when they host Burnley at Old Trafford. They currently sit in second place on the log with 63 points from 31 games.
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