Taken as red: Man U need a Europa League pick-me-up

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Taken as red: Man U need a Europa League pick-me-up

Victory over Partizan Belgrade at Old Trafford on Thursday would secure their Europa League progress

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Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has targeted qualifying for the knockout stages of the Europa League as a pick-me-up after defeat to Bournemouth ended a brief revival.

The mood at Old Trafford had been lifted by three successive victories following a draw against Liverpool but the 1-0 loss on the south coast on Saturday was another unsatisfactory Premier League outing. United have seven points from three games in Europe this season and victory over Partizan Belgrade at Old Trafford on Thursday would secure their progress.

“You’re disappointed when you lose a game and of course we were on half a run,” Solskjaer said on Wednesday. “But it won’t happen in one instance that you turn everything round. It was a quick turnaround, we couldn’t get the goal that we felt we deserved early on. But we go again. We’ve got a great chance now to qualify for the next round, which then means the last two games you can try out a few things.”..

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