Man United boss Solskjaer admits 'hurt' over Liverpool title triumph

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VIDEO SHOWS: NEWS CONFERENCE WITH MANCHESTER UNITED MANAGER, OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER

SHOWS: MANCHESTER, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (JUNE 26, 2020) (MUTV - MUST COURTESY MUTV. DO NOT OBSCURE LOGO, NO RESALES)

1. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MANCHESTER UNITED MANAGER, OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER, SAYING:

"Any team that wins the championship and the Premier League deserves it. They deserve credit, it's a hard league to win. So, well done to Juergen [Klopp] and his players. For me, every time you see anyone else lift the trophy, it hurts. I reckon that's the feeling that everyone associated with Man United - all our players, staff, supporters. Of course, we want to get back to winning ways. That's our challenge."

2. WHITE FLASH

3. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MANCHESTER UNITED MANAGER, OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER, SAYING:

"I don't think it's time to say, or right to say exactly how far you are behind. Of course, we are in a position now where we have to improve. We have - one, we have to get into the Champions League, higher up in the league and start challenging for trophies. And that consistency and efficiency that they've shown, that's a challenge for ours as well. We know at our best we are very, very good and we have to do that every Saturday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday - whatever day it is. We've got to do it again and again. That's the challenge for our players going forward."

4. WHITE FLASH

5. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MANCHESTER UNITED MANAGER, OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER, SAYING:

"First of all, FA Cup is a fantastic tournament and it's a fantastic final to play a part in. It's a fantastic trophy to lift. For our team now, it's a new team and to get our hands on the first trophy, win the first title would be fantastic and, hopefully, a catalyst to more things to come. So, we are very focused on doing our best and getting through to the next round, and hopefully then to the final."

STORY: Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has congratulated rivals Liverpool on clinching their first league title in 30 years but conceded it always hurts to see someone else lift the trophy.

Juergen Klopp's Liverpool secured the Premier League crown after second-placed Manchester City lost 2-1 at Chelsea on Thursday (June 25), meaning the Merseyside club could not be caught with a 23-point lead over City with seven games remaining.

"Any team that wins the championship and the Premier League deserves it. They deserve credit, it's a hard league to win," Solskjaer told a virtual news conference on Friday (June 26). "Well done to Juergen and his players.

"Every time you see anyone else lift the trophy, it hurts. I reckon that's the feeling that everyone associated with Man United - all our players, staff, supporters. Of course, we want to get back to winning ways. That's our challenge," he added.

Liverpool now have an opportunity to begin a new spell of dominance like they enjoyed in the 1970s and 1980s.

More recently, United under Alex Ferguson collected 13 league titles in 20 years between 1993 and 2013 but Solskjaer believes it will be difficult for Klopp's side to emulate sustained success at Anfield.

United face Norwich City in Saturday's (June 27) FA Cup quarterfinal and Solskjaer said winning the competition could spur them on for further success in the future.

"Our team now, it's a new team and to get our hands on the first trophy, win the first title would be fantastic and, hopefully, a catalyst to more things to come," the Norwegian manager added.

(Production: Kurt Michael Hall)