What Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told his Man Utd players after Man City defeat
Jan. 10, 2020
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was praising his Manchester United players in the dressing room after they were beaten 3-1 by Manchester City at Old Trafford, according to reports.
Pep Guardiola ’s side were three goals ahead by half time following a woeful performance by United but Marcus Rashford pulled one back in the second half of their Carabao Cup semi-final on Tuesday evening.
After the match, Solskjaer was heavily critical of United’s first-half display as City could have been even further in front after the opening 45 minutes.
‘From their goal until half-time is the worst we’ve played,’ said the United manager.
‘From the first goal until half-time we couldn’t cope. We let them play, our heads dropped, we made decisions we shouldn’t and it needed sorting at half-time.’
The result has left United with a mountain to climb if they want to reach the Carabao Cup final but according to The Sun , Solskjaer praised his players after the match for their second-half performance.
Guardiola, meanwhile, was said to have been angered by his City players for easing off in the second half and was upset by their failure to put the tie beyond United.
The report claims that Guardiola tore into his City players in the dressing room and made it clear that they should have won by a more comfortable distance.
But Rashford’s goal has given United a lifeline ahead of their second leg at the Etihad Stadium on January 29.
‘It’s natural your head goes down when you feel you’re not performing, but we’ve got to get out of it quicker, we’ve got to get to the second-half mentality quicker,’ said Solskjaer.
‘It can’t be me coming in at half-time – that’s the learning this team [has do to]. We’ve got a young team.
‘I’ve said it a few times but it’s not going to change between every press conference, that statement. I’m still in that phase.
‘It’s a young team and we’re learning and these experiences must stick. And the second half gives me something to believe in because it’s respectable and a good second half.’
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