The Norwegian coach hopes that with the victory in tonight's match, his team will start moving towards success.
boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has claimed that winning the Europa League could be the cornerstone of a bright future for his team.
Manchester United, who have not performed well in recent seasons, won the Premier League runners-up this season and reached the Europa League final. Tonight, Solskjaer's team will face Villarreal, who have Unai Emery on their bench. Emery has already won the Europa League three times and specializes in these competitions. Now the Norwegian coach has claimed that his team's victory in European competitions could be the beginning of their future success.
"We have five wins in Europe,"
the Norwegian said
. "We've lost twice to Barcelona.
"These are big nights for us. It might be the stepping stone for something better to come, a bright future because this team is a young team.
"It's a team that we've rebuilt over the last couple of years, so hopefully this is the start of something more."
On this day 22 years ago, Solskjaer scored the winning goal for Manchester United in the Champions League final, and now the Norwegian coach has a similar mission ahead.
"Of course Sir Alex is with us, we know the 26th of May is Sir Matt's birthday, but the players, when they sign for Man United, they sign to win trophies.
"They accept the challenge of being the best because this is the best club in the world, so that's the pleasure of the pressure of Man United. That's something they are ready for because they wouldn't have signed here if they weren't top players."