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Man Utd mentally ready for PL restart, says Ole

London, Jun 6 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 6/6/2020 9:44:56 AM IST

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been encouraged by Manchester United’s “camaraderie” in training and is confident his squad will have the right mentality when the Premier League season resumes.

United are due to face Tottenham away on June 19 in their first match since beating LASK 5-0 in the Europa League on March 12.
The victory in Austria stretched United’s unbeaten run to 11 matches and Solskjaer is confident they can continue where they left off before football was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“The first game is two weeks away so we need to step up the training and get an edge to our game again,” the United boss told the club’s official website. 
“Everyone knows that we will have to be at our best, have to be focused against Tottenham. We know it’s a big game for everyone. We had Chelsea when we started the league this season so I’m confident that our players can go into the Tottenham game with that mentality of going there to play a very good game of football.”
“Training has been about recapping what we did well, tweaking maybe one or two things and looking at some new ideas, but hopefully we can see a lot of what we saw towards the end before the lockdown.”
After their clash against former manager Jose Mourinho’s side, United welcome Sheffield United to Old Trafford on June 24 before an FA Cup quarter-final at Norwich on June 27.
“We’ve got games coming weekend, midweek, weekend for a spell so you have to focus on ourselves and not just on that one, first game,” Solskjaer added.
“I think everyone can see over the last few months how the players have behaved and dealt with the situation and how we as a club have dealt with it. The players have kept themselves fit as well, which has been great.”
Solskjaer hopes to have a fully-fit squad to choose from for the match against Tottenham, including Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford.
Pogba has missed most of the 2019/20 campaign with ongoing foot and ankle issues, while Rashford has been sidelined since January after suffering a stress fracture of his back against Wolves in the FA Cup.
Despite failing to challenge for the Premier League title, United are still in the hunt to win two major trophies this season - the FA Cup and Europa League - and Solskjaer is hopeful his side could end the current campaign with some silverware.
“When you get to Man United, you want to end the season with trophies, but trophies won’t be what we’re talking about now,” the Norwegian said.

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