Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes his Manchester United side have the talent to surprise people in the Champions League, insisting they can beat anyone.
United face Paris Saint-Germain in the first leg of their last-16 clash on Tuesday night, looking to extend their unbeaten run to 12 following a dramatic upturn in fortunes since Solskjaer’s arrival as interim boss.
They remain unfancied in Europe, but a defiant Solskjaer said: “I think the squad is very capable of winning against any opponent.
“When we go into games confident as we are now, in form, we are looking forward to the game.
“We can’t look too far ahead, we’ve got to look at PSG now and make sure we go through and take the next challenge as it comes.
“But I’ve been very pleased with the attitude. I’ve said to the boys, we have to keep working every single day.
“When we work hard, we work hard. When we have lighter training, we concentrate. Then we can improve and maybe surprise people.”
United face a season defining couple of weeks as, following the PSG clash, they face Chelsea in the FA Cup before arch-rivals Liverpool visit Old Trafford on February 24.
Asked if this was a fortnight which could define his hopes of landing the United job full-time, Solskjaer said that was too simplistic a view to take.
He added: “You need to change the script. You have so many ways of asking that question.
“That’s too simple. There are still a few more months left of this season for me to do whatever I can for the club.”
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While United received an injury boost with Victor Lindelof able to train on Monday morning, PSG have been hit hard with star forward Edinson Cavani joining Neymar and Thomas Meunier on the sidelines.
“Of course any team that is missing players like Neymar, Cavani and Meunier will feel the affect,” Solskjaer admitted.
“But it gives other players a chance and maybe they are more unpredictable for us with who they are going to play.
“When you’ve see that front three for the whole season you know what to expect but this time around we’re guessing a little bit.”