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Fans to Solskjaer: Start Ighalo in Europa League

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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer kept his cards close to his chest over the possible signing of Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho on Tuesday.

Former Real Madrid and Liverpool striker, Michael Owen, has predicted Manchester United to beat LASK 3-0 in tonight's Europa League round of 16 second-leg tie at Old Trafford.

Solskjaer believes a first major trophy under his leadership could spark a successful era at the club. "Since then we've won it four times in about eight or nine years so it was a big change for that club and for me for this team as well if we can get our hands on a trophy, it's a big step forward".

With Champions League qualification secured through our third place finish in the league, it would be a great way to complete this season by winning this trophy, which would be the first under Ole.

Bruno Fernandes is the joint leading scorer in the Europa League this season with six goals, with five goals for previous club Sporting Lisbon and one goal for United in the 5-0 win over Club Brugge. "I've been speaking to Chris throughout and been delighted with his season".

"We've had some highs and we want those highs to be even higher than they have been this season, so it's a continuing process really".

But Solskjaer gave little away in his press conference ahead of the second leg of United's Europa League last-16 tie against Austrian side LASK.

However, the Manchester United boss stressed that his players do not want that break and insisted that they are going into the tournament with the full of intention of going all the way.

"We know it will be a hard game".

A repeat of 2017?

The 19-year-old made his senior debut as a late substitute in their Europa League group stage defeat by Astana in November. Of course, we still need to improve and get the consistency with our performances.

While the Turkish side has a slender 1-0 advantage from the first leg, their player Irfan Kahveci is already optimistic about beating Manchester United.

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