Monday, 22 March 2021

We didn't have the extra zip - Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

We didn't have the extra zip - Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed why his side lost to Leicester City in the Quater-final of the FA Cup on Sunday.

Manchester United lost by 3-1 in an entertaining game at the King's Power Stadium. Nigeria international Kelechi Iheanacho scored two as he continued his brilliant form in front of goal for Leicester. Youri Tielemans was also on the score sheet and Mason Greenwood scored the United only goal of the evening.

Speaking after the game with BBC, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer revealed his side were a bit tired as they only played Milan three days ago in the Uefa Europa League. So they were not in their best form going into the game against Leicester.

We didn’t have the spark tonight – but it’s understandable,’ he said.

‘This team have been fantastic in the last three or four months.

‘We played every three days and been on a great run. It just caught up with us, all the games and travels.

‘Thursday night in Milan was a big night and took a lot of out of us physically. We didn’t have the extra zip, authority and confidence today. 

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‘We tried to get on the front foot and start well because sometimes you can get that adrenaline boost and confidence if you get a goal and that can carry you over the line.

‘We’ve got too many players that have played too many games and too many that haven’t really had much football, Anthony Martial, Donny van de Beek, Paul Pogba and others are trying to get in who haven’t had enough football. We didn’t have enough against a tough team.’

Ole Gunnar Soskjaer also refuses to blame Brazil international Fred for the first goal United conceded during the game as he gave the ball way in the build-up to the goal.

‘We want to build from the back and want the players to be confident – sometimes it doesn’t work and that’s one time it didn’t,’ Solskjaer said.

‘When we win, we win together and when we lose, we lose together.

‘We’re not pointing fingers and blaming – the second one is a good goal by the boy but maybe with a zip of energy we could’ve got to him and wouldn’t have been done as easily in the middle.

‘That’s been one of our strengths, keeping clean sheets and been dogged but we didn’t have the opportunity.’

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