Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists Cup semi-finals ‘not far enough’ for Man Utd
Manchester United reserved their place in the Carabao Cup semi-finals with a 2-0 win over Everton at Goodison Park on Wednesday.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side had to work hard for their victory and had to wait until the 88th minute for their breakthrough. Edinson Cavani shot his side ahead, before a 96th-minute strike from Anthony Martial put the tie to bed.
Here’s what the boss had to say after the game.
This is the fourth semi-final in Solskjaer’s reign at Old Trafford, and if he is to reach his first final he will have to go through Manchester City of Pep Guardiola, who emerged victorious when the two teams met at the same stage last. year.
“We had three semi-finals last year, of course, and it’s not far enough,” Solskjaer said (via The Telegraph). “This year again, like last year, we play them in the semi-finals so let’s see how we do.
“I don’t think he had a slow start, he did well. He was injured, arrived late, I’m happy with his influence in the locker room, his habits, his attitude. You can see how much he takes care of himself. He has scored some very important goals, he gives us experience, he gives us a lot.
“He’s going to be here and get better and better. He was away for seven months, but we were patient with him and he had a big impact.
Cavani was caught by Everton defender Yerry Mina and appeared to grab him by the throat and push him to the ground, but the incident went unpunished.
“These are two South Americans who have had a few battles before, not long ago,” he added (via the club’s official website). “I think they [Cavani and Mina] met in the Copa America qualification. But no, it was a real football game, with supporters, tackles, yellow cards, chances on both ends, so I enjoyed it.
“It was a great start. In the first 20, 25 minutes I thought we were excellent, we should have been one, two or three, but Robin Olsen made some good saves and kept them in the game.
“Then they had a good spell, just before half-time, but in the second half I thought we had dominated. I don’t remember Dean [Henderson] have a touch on the ball really. We almost made an Everton on them, we were in the box, we had corners, we had put plays, crosses and chances.
“I’m a little disappointed that we didn’t score a goal or two, but it was also a great performance in the second half.”
“Well when you win games it doesn’t matter how you do it and you know you’ll have energy anyway. We could play tomorrow, probably now.
“We won, we’ve been there, so these changes [to the team] probably doesn’t matter. A result is the most important thing and we have been there. The players know we trust them. We have a great team and everyone has to step in at different times of the season.
“It’s a big game for players who haven’t played for a while, Axel [Tuanzebe] for example and Eric [Bailly], they haven’t played for a while. They did really well! “
“It’s probably the worst game to lose in the semifinals. At least when you get to the final you get that feeling, the build-up, so we have to do everything we can to get to the semi-final in a good shape. Of course, we have plenty of league games before that.
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