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‘The aim is to go all the way’: Ole targets Champions League crown

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13th September, 2021

Manchester United have a squad that has a rich mix of youth and experience and the club will aim to win the Champions League, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said on Monday ahead of their group stage opener against Swiss side Young Boys in Bern.

Solskjaer famously scored the winning goal when Manchester United won the competition in 1999, and can now call on Cristiano Ronaldo who won it with United in 2008 before lifting Europe’s elite club competition four further times with Real Madrid

United have spent big in the transfer market since Solskjaer took charge in a bid to assemble a title-winning squad.

Besides Ronaldo the off-season saw Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane arrive with a combined outlay of more than £120 million ($A225 million).

United were knocked out in the group stage last season but Solskjaer has his sights set on the club reaching its first final since 2011.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

(Photo by Simon Stacpoole/Offside/Offside via Getty Images)

“The aim is to go all the way but we know it’s going to be difficult… We’ve added some quality, experience and youth into the squad and hopefully we are better prepared for what’s to come,” Solskjaer said.

“This team has grown and matured over the last few seasons, that was always the plan. When I came in we wanted a team with experience and quality who could challenge. David (De Gea), Harry (Maguire) has been here for a few years now.


“The group is special, they look after each other and it’s going to stand us in good stead. Sometimes you can go far with the youth as well but in some games experience will play its part. But in others, you need the youthful exuberance and courage.”

Young Boys won the Swiss Super League title last season and Solskjaer said he had been analysing their games ahead of the group opener at Stade de Suisse, which has an artificial pitch.

“They are energetic attacking minded, we know it’s going to be a very difficult game,” Solskjaer added. “Astroturf is always a little bit of an advantage at home but we should be able to deal with it really well.”

Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani is sidelined after picking up a knock in training.