Manchester United, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer claims, lost to ‘probably the best team in England’ as he denied that his side had a psychological problem.
United endured their fourth consecutive semi-final loss under Solskjaer when they were defeated on Wednesday night by neighbors City at Old Trafford 2-0.
Two second-half goals to send Pep Guardiola’s men to Wembley were scored by John Stones and Fernandinho, with Solskjaer left to rue some sloppy defending on set-pieces.
The United had no complaint about the loss, insisting that City deserved their win, but denied that after another last-four disappointment his team had a mental problem.
“There are many great goals Manchester City can score. That you should embrace,” he said.
“It’s disappointing when you concede two easy set-plays. Only not nice enough in times like that. We have not produced ample chances. Neither did they. We didn’t have the extra finesse that we’ve had lately in sports. Today, we weren’t good enough. We were playing against a really strong team from Manchester City. They’ve been playing well. If they play well, to beat them, you have to play well. That little bit, we were just missing.
We will get stronger. This is a much better version of United than it was in those semi-finished iterations a year ago. It [losing four semi-finals] is not psychological. You face strong teams in the semis occasionally and we just didn’t have enough. We’ve seen perhaps the best team in England at the moment and we haven’t had enough today.
We want to go to the final, and we’re going to get an extra boost. Then you have to dust it off, and then we have the FA Cup and the major league games. Then unexpectedly, there’s the Europa League again.”
Solskjaer claims that Edinson Cavani, with the Uruguayans out by suspension, missed United badly.
He also defended Bruno Fernandes, as the Portuguese midfielder was accused by Roy Keane of failing to show up.
“Edinson [Cavani] would be missed by every squad,” Solskjaer said.