Solskjaer says winning trophies can be “more of an ego thing”

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made some interesting comments regarding the psychology behind winning trophies.

The Norwegian has been United manager since late 2018 but up to this point, he has yet to win a piece of silverware. His long-term future at the club is always a hot topic of debate, as despite the lack of titles, there has been clear progress in his tenure.

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As well as being the closest challengers to Manchester City in the Premier League title race they’re also competing in the latter stages of the Europa League and FA Cup. There’s no guarantee they’ll win either but this season has been their strongest outing in a long time.

Speaking prior to United’s UEL second leg against AC Milan, Solskjaer noted how there’s an “ego” element behind capturing a trophy.

“I’ve been here for two-and-a-half of those [trophy drought] years now and coming in, as I said so many times, I felt a big rebuild had to be made and it’s in the league position if you see any progress, for me,” he said.

“That’s always the bread and butter of the season, you see how capable you are of coping with ups and downs.

“Any cup competition can give you a trophy but sometimes it’s more of an ego thing for managers and clubs – ‘we’ve finally won something’. We need to see progress and if we perform well enough and progress well enough the trophies will end up at the club again.

“But it’s not like a trophy will say that we’re back, no. It’s the gradual progression, and the consistency of being top of the league, in and around there, and the odd trophies. Sometimes the cup competition can hide the fact you’re still struggling a little bit.”

The next step on Ole’s journey comes tomorrow night and the objective is simple – beat AC Milan. 

No pressure.

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