Copenhagen boss Stale Solbakken has piled the pressure onto his friend and Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ahead of their Europa League meeting.
United take on Copenhagen in Cologne on Monday night, looking to book their spot in the semi-final. The game will be played as a one-off tie as part of the new UEFA summer schedule due to the impact of coronavirus.
And former Wolves boss Solbakken admitted he was excited to take on countryman Solskjaer and lauded the job he has done while in charge at United.
“I think his biggest strength is that he’s very calm,” Solbakken told the Mirror. “He knows which direction he wants to go in.
“He was able to look to the long-term, even when results and performances weren’t up to the standard expected at United, and the club stood by him.
“With one or two more additions to the squad, and one more pre-season with the team, they will gradually close the gap to their neighbours.
“We’ve been texting each other this week. He texted me before our game on Wednesday and straight after.
“We’re not close friends but we’re good friends, and of course we were together for a long period with Norway. We did our coaching badges together in Copenhagen, so we have a good relationship.”
Solbakken then admitted his Copenhagen side are huge underdogs in the tie, as he tipped United and Inter Milan to make it through to the final.
“Everything has to go for us and against United if we’re to stand any chance,” he added. “The two teams under the most pressure to win the Europa League are United and Inter Milan.
“Both have already qualified for the Champions League, but haven’t won a trophy and they’re huge clubs who will see this as a big opportunity to do that.”