Manchester United manager happy with form and confidentSolskjær assumes that after Friday’s game the squad will be fresh
Ole Gunnar Solskjær claims Manchester United have “no excuses” not to play Manchester City in Wednesday’s Carabao Cup semifinal considering his side’s impressive form.United are level on 33 points with Liverpool at the top of the Premier League and have one game left to play, with Friday’s 2-1 victory over Aston Villa taking their unbeaten run in the competition to 10. Rumors of a soccer transfer: Sergio Ramos to Manchester City or PSG? After Pep Guardiola’s team was eliminated at the same venue a year ago, the United States hosts City in a first-leg semifinal.
Having also been knocked out of last season’s semifinals of the FA Cup and Europa League, Solskjær was asked about the importance of reaching a final at the fourth attempt at last. “We are confident,” said the coach. “We are going into the game in good shape, so there are no excuses. The next game is always important, but of course the semifinal is a chance to get to the final and have a trophy in our hands, and for this team that would be a very big step. “In the twelve months since the last semifinal in the Carabao Cup, we have grown a lot.
But not only have we learned to win the semifinals, but we’ve also developed a feeling that our results will go all the way. You play soccer to win awards, to get your hands on a cup, even if you just move on to the next one after you win the trophy.
Yet it leaves you hunger for something to achieve. The team is centered, we’re ready to give it all, and I believe we’ve prepared for this game well. Solskjær feels the additional recovery time will benefit United. “Solskjær believes United will benefit from the extra recovery time. ” he said. ” he said. ” “That was a quality game and physically one of the most intense games there’s been in the league this season, and I don’t think there’s any surprise there because they’ve had a few more days to prepare for it.”