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Solskjaer wants '99 spirit among current United stars

8th April 2019, 14:40 by Neil Foster

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants his current Manchester United players to have the same mindset as the 1999 vintage.

The 46-year-old was part of the famous Red Devils side that won the treble in the 1998-99 season, scoring the winning goal as Sir Alex Ferguson's men came from behind to beat Bayern Munich in the Champions League final.

The Norwegian is now back at Old Trafford and has already made huge difference, with United top-four contenders once again after being way off the pace under Jose Mourinho earlier in the campaign.

United are two points outside the top four, while they face the daunting task of taking on Barcelona over two legs in the quarter-finals of Europe's elite club competition.

The first leg is on Wednesday at Old Trafford before they travel to Camp Nou for the return fixture next week and Solskjaer is determined to make sure his men have the same mentality as those from 20 years ago against and the Catalans and moving forward.

"We never, ever accepted anyone being below par in training," he told ESPN. "We kicked each other and we had to win every single day. That moved over into games and we never gave in. There was an unbelievable team spirit.

"I want my players to really push each other and demand 100 percent attitude from each other every single day. That's the only way you can improve and it's the only way you can win. We had something special.

"It's a different group now and the challenge is: 'How can I make these players winners as we were?'"

Punters looking to use a free bet might fancy United to finish in the top four and they are next in Premier League action against West Ham United on Saturday.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Neil Foster is an experienced journalist who specialises in cricket and rugby union. Neil also has a solid knowledge of tennis, golf and football.

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