Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants his footballers to recreate the spirit of the historic 1999 treble-winning squad.
United will face Barcelona in the Champions League quarterfinals but Solskjaer, who was at Camp Nou on Saturday night to watch the 2-0 victory over Atletico Madrid, said preserving the status of his Treble is the last thing on his mind.
"United fans want us to win it because they want to win it," Solskjaer said. "I think we should look at what we can achieve and not what we can stop others achieving."
Solskjaer, last month appointed as the permanent United boss, famously scored the injury-time winner in the Champions League final against bayern Munich when Alex Ferguson's United side won three trophies in 1999.
Now the Red Devils manager, the Norwegian wants to build the side around the concept that worked so well twenty years ago.
"We challenged each other every day in training," he told. "There were fights and there was an inner justice that I've not seen in too many teams.
"We never, ever accepted anyone being below par in training. We kicked each other and we had to win every single day. That moved over into games and we never gave in. There was an unbelievable team spirit.
"I want my players to really push each other and demand 100 percent attitude from each other every single day. That's the only way you can improve and it's the only way you can win."
The highlight of his reign so far was a dramatic 3-1 away victory over Paris Saint-Germain in the last 16 in the Champions League, which enabled United to overturn a 2-0 first-leg defeat to reach the quarter-finals on away goals.
"We want these games against the biggest clubs and the biggest teams. We had the final against them in 2009 and 2011 (both of which Barca won) and the semi-final in 2008 when Scholesy (Paul Scholes) scored," Solskjaer said.
"It's these games our fans and this club crave. We are looking forward to this one."
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