Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hoping to emulate FA Cup heroics as a manager
A two-time winner of the competition, the Norwegian has fond memories of the prestigious trophy. He revealed that the match marks the climax of the football season and was something he used to look up to.
“I think first of all the FA Cup is a fantastic tournament, and a fantastic final to play a part in, a fantastic trophy to lift.”
The United boss has a number of fond memories in the competition. He still remembers his winner against Liverpool in the fourth round in 1998-99.
It played a key role in United winning the trophy at Wembley, as part of our famous treble. He helped United take the lead in the final as his father looked on from the stands.
Now back at Old Trafford as the manager, Solskjaer believes glory in the competition can be used a springboard for further success.
“I’ve lifted it twice as a player so hopefully I can get a chance to walk out at Wembley again.”
The oldest national football tournament in the world, United have won it 12 times. Our last success came under Louis van Gaal in 2016.
A victory this year will see us equal Arsenal as the most successful team in the competition. Solskjaer believes his players are well aware of the importance the competition holds.
“I’m not sure if the youngsters today really understand how much it means, but I think our players, they certainly realise.”
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Norwich City are an exciting team whose defensive frailties make them seem worse than they are.
A return to Wembley will be an excellent experience for a number of youngsters keen to make their mark at United.
Solskjaer still remembers walking up the steps to receive the trophy in 1999. More than two decades later, he could repeat that long road to glory.