Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has indicated they will be out to start their Europa League campaign with a win when they face Astana on Thursday night.
Solskjaer believes winning the trophy will be a realistic goal this season, and has promised a positive style of football in the competition’s early stages.
United host Astana in their first match, and will be lifting the trophy for the second time in four years if they go all the way.
“The Europa League is a great chance to win a trophy because the English teams have done well in this tournament before,” Ole said in an interview with UEFA.
“We’ll go into every game in the group stage with the mentality of winning it and let’s see where it takes us," he added.
Solskjaer further noted that most opponents will visit Old Trafford with a defensive mentality, but suggested he will be ready to take on any approach from the teams.
“There are different ways of winning games of football,” added the manager. “Sometimes, you meet teams you have to break down, with the low block. At Old Trafford you expect that to happen a lot.
“I’m also European, Norwegian, and away from home we’re known for our counter-attacking football, so I don’t mind defending at times deeper and breaking quickly.”
United have had a mixed start to the new campaign, and have won two Premier League matches out of a possible five.
They next play away to West Ham in the English Premier League.