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15-Aug-2020, 10:57 pm

Solskjaer calls on big-game players to push Man Utd into Europa League final

Paul Pogba Bruno Fernandes Man Utd 2019-20

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has called on his big-game players to step up to the challenge ahead of Manchester United’s Europa League semi-final clash against Sevilla.

“You know that, when you come to a semi-final, you're playing against good teams, big teams with quality, it's time to step up for big players in big-game moments,” Solskjaer said.

“You have to have 100 per centfocus, any little moment can win, lose or change the game and we've learnt it's very painful to lose a semi-final.”

One of those big-game players who can help drag United to their first final of the season is Bruno Fernandes.

The Portuguese scored the decisive penalty in the quarter-final victory over FC Copenhagen and he spoke about the support he has been given since arriving in the January transfer window.

“When a club pay €55 million (£47m/$65m)for a player,you have confidence from the club, of course from all the conversations I had with the coach and my team-mates,” Fernandes said.

“The coach, all the time, speaks to me to do my game and what I already did in Sporting to have the same confidence, try the same things, improve. When you have that voice to do your own thing it's easy for you.”

Solskjaer will be hoping his team start with that confidence Fernandes speaks of after they were slow to get out of the blocks against Copenhagen in the quarter-finals.

“We've had a few good days now preparing and recovering," said Solskjaer. "It's not very often we have six days between games, so we're ready, we are physically, definitely ready, mentally the boys will be ready.

"It’s a semi-final, everyone will want to take part and join in and I just want them to enjoy it. For me, I'm looking forward to it.

"We've hadtwo semisthis season, and we're happy with going as far as we have but we want to go one step further.

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