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Fernandes and Shaw resolute that Sir Alex Ferguson’s inspiration is unnecessary for their Europa League final.

Fernandes and Shaw resolute that Sir Alex Ferguson’s inspiration is unnecessary for their Europa League final.

Fernandes and Shaw resolute that Sir Alex Ferguson's inspiration is unnecessary for their Europa League final.

Manchester United duo Bruno Fernandes and Luke Shaw are resolute Manchester United do not require any sort of motivation or inspiration from the club’s iconic former manager Alex Ferguson ahead of Wednesday’s Europa League final.

United play Villarreal in Gdansk as they look to win their first piece of silver since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer succeeded Jose Mourinho in December 2018.

Solskjaer’s previous boss Ferguson is waiting in the same hotel as the United team and has been especially noticeable in the media of late, giving numerous interviews after widely avoiding the press in his eight years since retirement.

Ferguson led United to two Champions League triumphs – among many other titles – during his legendary reign at the club, hence knows a lot about the stresses and excitements that come with such events.

But Shaw and Fernandes emphasized they are in no need of any more motivation or pep talks from Ferguson as they look to sink the Yellow Submarine.

Speaking to the media, Shaw said:
“I wouldn’t expect him to speak to us. I am sure we don’t need people to inspire us for the game tomorrow, as much of a legend as he [Ferguson] is.

“Inside our group we need to do that ourselves. Of course, I’m sat next to the manager now and I am sure he’ll be doing that tomorrow, so I’m not sure we’ll be seeing too much of Sir Alex tomorrow.”

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Fernandes continued: “I think we have a coach who passed a lot of time with Alex Ferguson so everything he could say to us, he [Solskjaer] already knows. We trust our coach.

“The team is confident. We trust ourselves, we know what we have to do. This is our moment to do our best.

“We trained well the days before, we have another day to train. Make the job tomorrow, enjoy the moment – being in the final is not for everyone.”

It will be United’s first European final since the 2016-17 version of this competition when they overcame Ajax 2-0 under Mourinho – before that they had gone nine years without a crown in Europe.

Even entering the final this time around is something of a breakthrough, especially for Solskjaer, as United’s record in semi-finals before their two-legged tie with Roma was poor under the Norwegian.

The 8-5 aggregate win over Roma completed a run of four progressive semi-final eliminations for United under Solskjaer, whose only other final as a manager was in the 2013 Norwegian Cup, and the club’s players will enjoy the opportunity to end their trophy desiccation.

“We come to this club because we want to win. It doesn’t matter if the club doesn’t win for many years, the hope is still there,” Fernandes said.

“Trophies are part of this club. Every player knows he will come to United to fight for trophies, to be a better player.

“If you look to history, you have to look to the history, pressure is part of your life. I like the pressure, that’s good for me.

“The most important for us is to try to win the game. Everything can happen, but we can control some stuff. Most importantly, the team is growing up and tomorrow will be a sign of that.”

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Fernandes and Shaw resolute that Sir Alex Ferguson’s inspiration is unnecessary for their Europa League final.

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