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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says that winning the Carabao Cup would be a “very, very big step” for Manchester United as his team look to get lucky for the fourth time in Wednesday’s semi-final against Manchester City.
United they lost to Pep Guardiola’s men in the competition’s quarter-finals last season, before falling in the FA Cup and Europa League semi-finals.
Sunshine He said: “The next match is always important but of course a semi-final is a chance to reach the final, to get a trophy in the next round and for this team it would be a very, very big step to get your hands on a trophy. .
“We have evolved a lot in the last six months, the last 12 months since the last Carabao Cup semi-final. So, of course, it’s not just about learning how to win the semi-finals.
“We have also earned the right to feel that we can go the distance with our performances.
“We are confident, we are going to enter the game in good form, so there are no excuses.”
Solskjaer won many medals during his playing days at Old Trafford. However, you have yet to pick up the silverware since you took over as manager in December 2018.
“Of course you play football to win,” said the United manager.
“You play football to win trophies, to get a trophy, although when you win that trophy you go on to the next one.
“But you get hungry for more. So of course the team is focused, we are ready to give it a try. I think we have prepared well for this game ”.
United will only be without forward Edinson Cavani and injured defender Phil Jones against City.
United is now a match for City
Solskjaer also feels his team has made massive progress in how it compares to City now.
He added: “We have seen progress, sometimes the results do not show the full picture of the game. Some of our counterattack goals and in victories we have been brilliant, out in the league when we won we could have scored four or five in a period of 10 or 15 minutes, some of the counterattacks were eliminated. of this world, but had less control of the ball.
“The last game was more or 50-50, cautious play by both teams. But I felt it was a progression to have stayed in the game longer. “
“You never know what kind of system it is [Pep Guardiola] It will occur to you, but you have to defend yourself very well against Man City.
“It is difficult to keep the ball in your court. You have to be brave compact, trust your players, play off their press. They are one of the fastest to put the back pressure.
“We have found that balance, we did not have the X factor in the last game, perhaps because they were also prepared to fight back. It’s been some fascinating games and we feel like we’re getting closer and closer and results that you can’t control. “
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