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Solskjaer eyes cup success with title out of sight as Man Utd scrap Middle East trip

Goal.com logo Goal.com 14/01/2020 Sacha Pisani
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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted Manchester United cannot take the FA Cup for granted while a Premier League title bid is unrealistic.

United welcome Wolves to Old Trafford on Wednesday for their FA Cup third-round replay as the Red Devils sit 27 points adrift of runaway leaders Liverpool in the Premier League.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wearing a black shirt: Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. © Jan Kruger/Getty Images Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. With United languishing in fifth and struggling for consistency, manager Solskjaer is aware the club cannot afford to disregard the FA Cup.

"Supporters and the club alike aren't happy with not challenging for the top position in the league," said Solskjaer.

"That's where we feel we should be and many of today's supporters have lived that period where we won the league consistently.

Gallery: Full circle: Solskjaer's career in management so far (Grid)

"At the moment we don't have that type of team, because in time we've been a bit behind the top ones.

"It might be that we start with winning a cup and then these players will get that taste. But that's not what we want to be.

"We want to be challenging for the league and the Champions League."

Soccer Football - Premier League - Manchester United v Norwich City - Old Trafford, Manchester, Britain - January 11, 2020  Manchester United's Marcus Rashford celebrates scoring their first goal with teammates   REUTERS/Jon Super  EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.  Please contact your account representative for further details. © Thomson Reuters Soccer Football - Premier League - Manchester United v Norwich City - Old Trafford, Manchester, Britain - January 11, 2020 Manchester United's Marcus Rashford celebrates scoring their first goal with teammates REUTERS/Jon Super EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details. Meanwhile, Solskjaer confirmed United have scrapped plans to travel to the Middle East for a training camp due to political tensions in the region.

Qatar was a potential location for United, who have 15 days off between Premier League fixtures against Wolves (February 1) and Chelsea (February 17) next month.

However, the Premier League giants opted against the trip, with Solskjaer telling reporters: "I'm going to give them a few days off, I don't know where the players will scatter around but we will stay in Europe.

Soccer Football - Premier League - Manchester United v Norwich City - Old Trafford, Manchester, Britain - January 11, 2020  Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gives instructions to his players   REUTERS/Jon Super  EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.  Please contact your account representative for further details. © Thomson Reuters Soccer Football - Premier League - Manchester United v Norwich City - Old Trafford, Manchester, Britain - January 11, 2020 Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gives instructions to his players REUTERS/Jon Super EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details. "Yep [we changed our mind]. If there is one thing that worries me, it is not on the football pitch. There are things that will worry me more than the football.

"We were looking at the Middle East but that is definitely not going to happen."

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