Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits Manchester United are ‘desperate’ for silverware ahead of their Carabao Cup quarter-final against Everton tomorrow.
United have failed to win a major trophy in each of the past three seasons and have struggled for silverware since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson seven years ago, with Solskjaer having seen his side beaten in the semi-finals of the Europa League, FA Cup and League Cup last season.
The Red Devils have an opportunity to reach the last four of the latter competition once more when they travel to face in-form Everton tomorrow, and Solskjaer has outlined his side’s determination to end the club’s trophy drought.
The Norwegian says the Red Devils will be aiming to win the Carabao Cup this season and believes delivering his first trophy as a manager can lead to further success for an emerging side.
“Yes, of course it’s something we’re aiming for,” he said at his pre-match press conference.
“We want to improve every season and to improve on last year is to get to the final and, of course, when you get to the final there’s only one thing that matters and that’s to lift the trophy.
“I remember myself winning my first trophy. Even towards the end of my career, I think it was Patrice Evra and Nemanja Vidic’s first trophy in the Carling Cup, 2006 was it? I think that was their first trophy and it does give something to a team.
“We are desperate to get our hands on a trophy, these players are desperate to learn how to win.”
United head into tomorrow’s clash in confident mood following their 6-2 thrashing of Leeds last weekend, whilst the club have won six of their previous seven league fixtures to rise to third in the Premier League.
Everton are currently fourth and level on points with Solskjaer’s side, having secured impressive victories over Chelsea, Leicester and Arsenal over the past week to boost their Champions League hopes.
Everton last reached the semi-finals of the League Cup during the 2015/16 season and will be hoping to win a first major honour since 1995 under Carlo Ancelotti this season.