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Ole eyes further prizes

Posted by nickogs20 on April 22, 2010

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s United reserve side may have been crowned champions of the Barclays Premier Reserve League North this week, but with two other trophies still in his sights, the Norwegian coach is already looking ahead to the next challenge.

While understandably proud and delighted with his side’s achievement, Solskjaer has been quick to deflect the copious praise coming his way towards his young players. Speaking to the Manchester Evening News, OGS said:

“I am proud and it is very satisfying, but this isn’t for me, it is for the young players who have worked very, very hard. They are a brilliant group of lads. They have been a pleasure to work with. There is a big turnover of players and that makes it hard to get consistency and difficult to work every day on team shape. But there is a core group of about eight to 10 players who have been there all the time and their attitude has been great and work rate phenomenal. They deserve the success they’ve had.

The reserves is all about producing players for the gaffer and getting them used to winning, playing in the right way and getting used to the expectations at United. We’ve always prided ourselves on the way we play. They’ve won the league and won it themselves. They deserve the praise.

The title’s won now and we must move on. That’s what it is all about. It’s the name of the game.”

The United legend has reiterated that final point in an interview with Manutd.com:

“We have to enjoy winning the league, then move on and beat City. It’ll be tough, it always is against them. We’ve had two good league games and against them but if we can win that then we’re into the final and we have the chance to win another two trophies on top of the league title.

“It’s great for the lads to be sampling what the chase for trophies at this stage of the season. When we all went over to Modena for the Claudio Sassuolo memorial tournament, the coaches had a really good chat with the lads. We told them that to enjoy being in with a chance of winning so many trophies and just to go out and win them. They responded by winning the tournament in Italy, they’re top of the Academy league, we won the Reserves league, we can win two more cups and that’s what it’s all about.”

That pursuit of further trophies continues tonight with Manchester City’s visit to Moss Lane for a Manchester Senior Cup group game that is essentially a semi-final – the winner will face Bolton in this season’s MSC final, while the loser bows out. As usual, season ticket holders and One United members can get in free, while for everyone else admission is £5 for adults, £2 concessions. If you can’t get down to Altrincham for what is the second string’s final game at Moss Lane this season, MUTV’s coverage starts at 6.30pm ahead of the 7pm kick-off.

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