Mark Hughes believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer MUST provide silverware to highlight Manchester United’s progress under the Norwegian, as the former Red Devils striker insists the Europa League victory is ‘important’ to United’s boss.
- Mark Hughes says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should go on to win trophies at United
- Man United will take on Villarreal in the Europa League final on Wednesday evening
- Solskjaer has yet to win silverware as United boss since he took over in 2018
- Hughes says trophies are important to show the club’s progress under Solskjaer
Mark Hughes believes Ole Gunnar should hand over Solskjaer trophies to show Manchester United’s progress under the Norwegian as the Red Devils prepare for their massive Europa League final tonight.
The Red Devils are on the verge of winning their first piece of silverware since Solskjaer took over from Jose Mourinho in 2018 as he had to beat Unai Emery’s Villarreal in Gdansk to win the Europa League.
United have made steady progress under Solskjaer, improving their third place finish last season to finish second this season as they conquered their semi-final hoodoo to reach the showpiece in Poland.
Mark Hughes believes it’s time for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to present trophies at Man United
However, Solskjaer’s former teammate Hughes – who helped legendary coach Sir Alex Ferguson win his first European trophy for United – believes the 48-year-old must start winning silverware to underline his progress in the hot seat.
‘I think so this year. Because there is that progress and it is going to be higher compared to where they have been in previous years, ”he said Sky Sports.
“It’s important that they continue in that spirit because next year you would like them to be closer to Manchester City.
United are in Gdansk and are one victory away from winning their first trophy under Solskjaer
The Red Devils have made steady progress, improving their third place finish last season
Chelsea will challenge City again, Liverpool will be better, anyone with ties to Liverpool will be disappointed with how they’ve tried to keep the title, but they’ve cashed in on themselves in recent weeks.
Everyone will try to test Manchester City next year and United will be one of those teams.
“It is important for the group, important also for Ole (Gunnar Solskjaer), that he can get a trophy – I think that is important for him personally.”
Solskjaer played a role in United’s golden era under Ferguson, winning six Premier League titles, two FA Cups and one Champions League, and the Norwegian is keen to hark back to the club’s trophy-laden dominance to inspire his group of stars.
And former United star Hughes believes Solskjaer needs a trophy to underline his progress
The Welshman helped Sir Alex Ferguson to his first European trophy as manager of Man United
“I think everyone behind the scenes is happy with where the club is at the moment,” added the Welshman.
‘Ole knows that, he wrote Manchester United through him, he understands the club’s demands so this is an opportunity for him to do that.’
Solskjaer, who came off the bench to dramatically win the 1999 Champions League final against Bayern Munich, has told his stars they must be ready to make an impact in Gdansk.
“What I learned was: trust your team, trust your gut feeling,” said Solskjaer, who told a famous friend in Norway to tune in to the ’99 final because the United striker predicted something big would happen.
“I’ll tell the team and the substitutes that they might have to play a big part for us because it happened before. They may be disappointed and angry with me, but be ready when you come. Who starts, enjoy it, because you will not get too many finals in your life. ‘