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Mike Phelan’s message as Man Utd arrived in Gdansk for Europa League final


Manchester United’s assistant manager Mike Phelan posted an encouraging message as the Red Devils landed in Gdansk ahead of the Europa League final.

United will play Villarreal in the final on Wednesday night, as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer bids for his first trophy since taking charge of the club in 2018.

Phelan, who previously worked as No.2 to Sir Alex Ferguson, returned to the club during Solskjaer’s reign, being announced as the assistant manager in 2019.

A trophy win has escaped the team ever since – with Solskjaer’s men falling at the semi-final stages of numerous competitions last season.

But having battered Roma into submission in this year’s final four, Phelan’s message highlights United’s intent in Poland.

He wrote “let’s go” on Twitter just over 24 hours before the crucial match.

The road to the final displayed United’s dominance as they defeated Roma 8-5 on aggregate in the semi-final after a strong first leg where they won 6-2.

And Solskjaer revealed this week he is “quietly confident” his club can get the win on Wednesday.

He said: “This is the best club in the world. That’s the pleasure and the pressure of Manchester United. That’s something the players are ready for. They wouldn’t have signed here if they weren’t top players.

“These are big nights for us. It might be the stepping stone for a big future.

“This group of players has been working for a year and a half together. The next step for them is to enjoy a game like this – I’ve seen something growing inside of the players.”

A previous manager who knows all about winning trophies at United, Sir Alex Ferguson, has travelled with the team to the final.

Solskjaer added: “He’s a special man, like an encyclopedia of football.

“Just to have him around when we eat in the restaurant, I’m sure if the players are wondering about something they can ask him. I owe my career to him.”

The final comes a day after Gareth Southgate named his provisional squad for the Euros this summer.

Six United players were named but their positions are not secure yet as Southgate has to cut the squad to 26 on June 1 before the tournament begins.

The England manager decided to delay the final squad announcement because of the crucial club matches yet to be played.

United’s Europa League match was one of them and the other is the Champions League final being played between Chelsea and Manchester City on Saturday.

One player who is included in the squad but is questionable due to injury is Harry Maguire.

He missed the side’s final training session on Tuesday night, after England boss Southgate spoke on the defender earlier in the day.

He said: “Understandably from a club perspective they’ve got a huge final tomorrow so it hasn’t been so easy for us to get information.

“We will know more in the next couple of days really and that’s another reason about the lack of information, Kalvin Phillips was injured on Sunday we will know more about the possible severity in the next couple of days.

“These are the factors over the past couple of days and it’s why we felt that more time would help us.”




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