Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has congratulated bitter rivals Liverpool on their long-awaited Premier League triumph but said watching other sides lifting the trophy “hurts”.
The Anfield club were crowned English champions for the first time in 30 years without kicking a ball on Thursday when Chelsea defeated Manchester City at Stamford Bridge.
The Kops’ 19th title win, which sparked wild celebrations around their Anfield home ground, left them one behind United’s record haul.
“First of all, any team that wins the championship and a Premier League deserves it and they deserve credit,” United boss Solskjaer, who won six league titles as a player at Old Trafford, told reporters.
It’s a hard league to win, so well done to Jurgen (Klopp) and his players.
For me, every time you see anyone else lift the trophy it hurts. I reckon that’s the feeling everyone associated with Man United — all players, staff, and supporters. Of course, we want to get back to winning ways and that’s our challenge,” Solksjaer stated.
The Norwegien is hoping FA Cup glory can be a springboard for further success, with United heading to Norwich on Saturday in the quarter-finals.
United are fifth in the Premier League, still in the race for a Champions League spot, and are well-placed to reach the last eight of the Europa League.
“I think first of all the FA Cup is a fantastic tournament, and a fantastic final to play a part in, a fantastic trophy to lift,” Solskjaer added.
“For our team, it’s a new team, and to get hands-on a first trophy and win a first title would be fantastic and hopefully a catalyst for more things to come”, he concluded.