Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sounded an ominous warning to Europa League opponents Granada as he declared scoring goals was in Manchester United’s DNA.
United are away to the Spanish side on Thursday for the first leg of their quarter-final tie in a competition that represents their last realistic hope of silverware this season.
Despite having scored only four times in their past five away games in all competitions, United boss Solskjaer insisted his team would go on the offensive.
“I think that’s what we do best. It’s always going to be in our DNA that we want to go and score goals,” he told the club’s official website.
“Of course you want a defensive foundation, but we know about away goals and also how good we are at Old Trafford as well.
“We’ve got a proud record at Old Trafford in Europe, so if we get a good result to build on, that’s all we can ask.”
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United did smash four past Real Sociedad in Turin and also secured a pivotal 1-0 victory against Milan at San Siro, with Solskjaer taking confidence from those performances in the competition.
“I think we’ve proved to ourselves and everyone that we are a good side home or away, but of course the neutral game against Sociedad was a very good one for us,” he said.
“We played against a very good team. Granada is a different team and a different set-up than Real Sociedad with different strengths and a different way of playing, so we’ve got to find a way to get the best possible performance.”
Forward Anthony Elanga is in contention to make his United debut and Solskjaer has full faith in the 18-year-old.
The Swedish striker signed a new contract last month and Solskjaer insists he has not only been included in the squad for experience and is ready for action.
“I’ve got faith in the young lads of course and, in Anthony, we have a player with good skills, a great attitude and he scores goals from either the right or left, and he’s got good pace,” said the Norwegian.
“He’s not just there for experience, he might actually play a part, who knows? He’s got that X-factor and I like players with speed and acceleration and he’s definitely got that.”
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