Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Says No Worries United Lose another Semi-final
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says there will be “no excuses” if his team lose their fourth semi-final in one year. Manchester United was drawn to face Manchester City at Old Trafford in the Carabao Cup semi-finals while Tottenham plays Brentford.
Pep Guardiola’s men triumphed on their way to winning the trophy for a third successive year. Solskjaer’s side also lost in an FA Cup semi-final to Chelsea and to Sevilla in the Europa League last four.
According to the United manager, he said: “We have developed a lot in the last 12 months from last season’s EFL Cup semi-final.” He also said: “It is not just a case of learning how to win them, it is earning the right to go all the way. But we are confident and we are in good form. There are no excuses.”
Manchester United has been in a good form of late, they have won eight out of their last 10 Premier League games. They are on thesame points with Liverpool who were defeated yesterday by Southampton 1-0.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side will go top if they beat Burnley on the 12th of this month. Within that unbeaten run, there was a drab, goalless draw with City at Old Trafford.
That game does form part of a decent record for Solskjaer in meetings with Guardiola. In their six encounters, the Norwegian has come out on top on three occasions, opposed to two successes for the former Barcelona boss.
The manager also said: “You never know what kind of system Pep’s going to come up with but you know you’ve got to defend really well against City.” “It’s hard to keep the ball in their half because they find a way of overloading, so you’ve got to be brave and compact and trust your players.”
He says clubs have to accept the privileged position they are in and ensure there is no reason for the government to revisit it. “It is a difficult situation for everyone,” he said. “It is hard.
“We are privileged to be able to play and hopefully we can continue. It is a release to watch games but we have to work hard to stay within the guidelines. We are doing our best to keep the show on the road.”