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PremierLeague-News.Com - Recap what was said after Man Utd held a press conference about the Europa League final today.
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Manchester United held a special press conference today, ahead of their appearance in the Europa League final in 10 days' time. United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer addressed the media, via Zoom, to speak about the upcoming clash with Villarreal in Gdansk on May 26th. The Norwegian is looking to seal his first trophy as United manager, with his side having overcome Roma, Granada, AC Milan and Real Sociedad in the knockout stages to reach the final. United are also on course to finish second in the Premier League, in what is a progressive season for Solskjaer. He provided a fairly positive update on Harry Maguire's fitness, spoke about his selection dilemmas for the final — which include whether to pick David de Gea or Dean Henderson in goal — while Solskjaer also spoke about what an appearance in a major final would mean for United, and him as a manager. Scott McTominay also joined the press conference. Follow how the press conference unfolded on our live blog below. Key EventsMaguire update13:2114:10Dominic BoothMemories of fans in previous game vs City"That day was special, to be fair. I remember I was on the bench and I was obviously desperate to play. "To score a goal like that was special, especially looking back at having fans there."14:08Dominic BoothMcTominay on return of fans"Get the fans back in. We're desperate to have them back, for that adrenaline. The last year has been tough. We feel that emotion and we want everyone there. The fans give that feeling of giving everything for them."14:07Dominic BoothMcTominay on first trophy win"It's the winning mentality that has to be a given at this football club."The will to win at the end is probably the most important win and we have to give everything in our power to win. It's been a tough season but we have to push through it and hopefully get out rewards at the end of it."Scott McTominay had an up and down display for Manchester United against Roma (Image: 2021 Simon Stacpoole/Offside)14:05Dominic BoothMcTominay on United progress"It's easy for me to be not so positive after the week we've had but we had three games in five games."We're in a situation where we want to finish strongly. Right now we're definitely making progress and the final is a good opportunity for us to put a marker down for next season."14:02Dominic BoothScott McTominay joinsHere we go.13:44Dominic BoothProud moment for SolskjaerHe will be desperate to lift the trophy.13:39Dominic BoothPlayer joiningStay tuned, as we will be joined by an as-yet-unnamed United player in the next section of today's press conference. 13:31Dominic BoothThat's all for nowThat's all for this section of the press conference.13:23Dominic BoothMore on goalkeeper dilemmaIs is Solskjaer's toughest dilemma?"I think there's loads of tough calls to make. It's a different scenario with the keepers to how it's been. Both have played round 30 games, so it's going to be a difficult call of course. But I'll have to make another couple pf difficult calls as well."13:22Dominic BoothHow would trophy compare to wins as a player?"The next trophy is always the biggest. This is what I'm focussed on. I don't think about what I did as a player. I only want to do my best for United as a manager now."13:21KEY EVENTMaguire update"Hopefully we can have good news early but I'll give it a while on Harry,"He's shown his importance. I felt I became a very good player when I was injured. People realise what you can do. Harry is our leader and he's been a big miss at the moment."I'll give him as long as he needs before he says yes or no."He's making progress but we don't want to test it out too early. Harry wants this so much but he doesn't want to take risks either. When I spoke to him this morning, he was quite positive. We have to be positive and think he's going to make it, until we have to say no.
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."Harry Maguire was taken off in Manchester United's 3-1 win over Aston Villa on Sunday afternoon (Image: Getty Images)13:19Dominic Booth'Trophies can hide other facts'"Of course you want to win, for the team, the club, we want to win. Those nights when you win a trophy brings the whole club together.When we won in 99... it made history but it didn't make me a better player. But as a group we believed we could win more stuff, and we comfortably won the league the next two seasons. It gives the group a lot."Only time will tell what it does to a team. Sometimes trophies hide other facts, as I've said."We've done it the hard way, we've lost four semi-finals."13:18Dominic BoothGoalkeeper dilemma?"It's always difficult. The human side is you want everyone to have the experience of a final, but you have to pick 11, make some tough decisions and to stand by them."We have two league games to finalise and decide what the 11 will be. "I remember Sir Alex coming to my hotel room to explain why I didn't play a semi-final. But I still felt I had a contribution to make. And all my players know they've had a role to play this season. We wouldn't be able to get results this season without the whole squad's contribution."13:16Dominic BoothPrep for next season's Champions League"We've played against some very good teams from Spain or Italy. We can't say it's Champions League because it isn't. But we haven't been able to play weakened teams, so we've been tested."We see the finalists Man City and Chelsea in the Champions League and we've played some very good games against those two teams." 13:15Dominic BoothWhat it means to be in a final"To be able to lead a team out in a final is going to be a proud moment for me. We've worked together for two and a half years and had some near misses."To get to a final is one thing, but you want to win it. You don't get a prize for attending. I can't wait to see the players walk out onto that pitch."13:13Dominic BoothHere we goThe first question for Solskjaer is about the Europa League final and his selection dilemma for it." When you get to a final and you have most of them fit, I'm in a good position."We've had a long season, everyone has contributed and we need to pick the best team to beat a good Villarreal side." (Image: PA)13:11Dominic BoothRunning lateWon't be long, though. These press conferences often start late.12:56Dominic BoothSolskjaer soonNot long now before we hear from the United boss. Stay tuned.12:45Dominic BoothWhy is there a press conference today?It seems a little odd that United are donig a press conference on a Sunday, but this one is at the request of UEFA as they hype up the Europa League final. There's always extra media bits happening before big UEFA finals.But it means we get to hear from Solskjaer on this rare weekend that United aren't playing a game.Solskjaer speaks to the media (Image: PA)12:36Dominic BoothWhat we can expect from today's press conferenceMore reaction from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to United's defeats against Liverpool and LeicesterA possible update on Harry Maguire's injury, and other team newsSolskjaer's thoughts on the latest set of anti-Glazer protestsHis initial preview to the Europa League final versus Villarreal. 12:21Dominic BoothWelcomeHello and welcome to today's special pre-Europa League final press conference.We'll be hearing from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer just after 1pm, so stay tuned.
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