Solskjaer two games away from hitting Man Utd’s ‘core objective’ set by Woodward


Manchester United reached the FA Cup semi-finals with a late Harry Maguire winner against Norwich on Saturday night.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side set up a clash with Chelsea in the last four at Wembley as they look to end a three-year trophy drought.

And they are now just two games away from achieving their “core objective” set out by executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward when he gave Ole Gunnar Solskjaer the job.

Woodward has regularly discussed the key features of Solskjaer’s vision at United, including attacking football and giving youth players a chance.

But, crucially for Manchester United, winning trophies is a must.

“Ole’s vision maps exactly to the core three football objectives we have,” said Woodward back in October 2019.

“We must win trophies, we must play attacking football and we must give youth its chance.”

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Youngsters such as Brandon Williams and Mason Greenwood have made their breakthrough whilst other academy graduates such as Marcus Rashford and Scott McTominay have become star performers.

They have demonstrated exciting attacking football since the arrival of Bruno Fernandes in the January transfer window.

But Woodward underlined again in his latest Manchester United conference call with investors last month that trophies were the top priority as the FA Cup now comes into their vision.

“As I said before and I’ve said this many times – we remain committed to backing Ole to win trophies. That’s our core objective as a club,” Woodward reiterated.

A tough path stands in their way in the FA Cup in the form of Frank Lampard’s Chelsea, one of the sides challenging them for a top four finish.

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Manchester City take on Arsenal on the other side of the draw with two tough games in prospect if they are to lift the historic cup.

Speaking after their Norwich win, Solskjaer outlined the importance of silverware, stating: “We’re in the semi-finals and we’re delighted with that.

“Last year we got to the quarter-finals and lost to Wolves. Now, at least, we are in the semi-finals at Wembley.

“It’s important for this team to win their first trophy or to get to their first final together. That will help the winning culture because we have to start winning things.”

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