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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says trophies are for egos and it is the league which shows real progress for a team.

Manchester United take on AC Milan in the second leg of their last 16 Europa League encounter on Thursday with the tie poised at 1-1 and have an FA Cup quarter-final with Leicester this weekend.

But the Red Devils boss says that even if they don’t win either that a second placed league finish will be real evidence they are on the right track.

Solskjaer said: “We are 12 points ahead of what we were at the same time in the league last season, of course we’re aiming to win trophies but as we’ve said sometimes a trophy can hide the other fact of what’s happening at the club.

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“In the league position you see if you’re progressing really and sometimes in the cup tournaments you might be lucky or unlucky with draws, games decided on different factors.

“In the league position you see if there’s any progress for me, that’s always the bread and butter of the season, that you see how capable you are of coping with ups and downs.

“Any cup competition can give you a trophy but sometimes it’s more of an ego thing from other managers and clubs to finally win something.

“But we need to see progress and if we perform well enough the trophies will end up at the club again. It’s not like a trophy will say that we’re back, no.”

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