Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes winning the League Cup would be a “big step” in their development as he prepares for Wednesday’s semi-final showdown with Manchester City at Old Trafford.
United went out to Pep Guardiola’s men in the final four of the competition last season, before losing in the semis of the FA Cup and Europa League.
However, the Red Devils had a third-place finish in the Premier League behind City and runaway winners, Liverpool, to show for Solskjaer’s first full season in charge.
United have pushed on again this season in the league to find themselves level on points with Liverpool at the top of the table with a game in hand on the champions.
“A semi-final is a chance to get to the final, to get your hands on a trophy in the next round and for this team, it would be a very, very big step getting your hands on a trophy,” said Solskjaer.
“We’ve developed a lot in the last six months, last 12 months since the last semi in the Carabao (League) Cup so of course it’s not just learning to win semis.
“We’ve also earned the right to feel we can go all the way with our performances. We are confident, we are going into the game with good form so there are no excuses.”
– Trophy drought –
United have not won a trophy since last lifting the League Cup and Europa League in Jose Mourinho’s first season in charge, four years ago.
“You play football to win trophies, to get your hands on a trophy — even though when you win that trophy you move on to the next one,” added Solskjaer, who won 10 major trophies in his time as a player at United.
“But it gives you hunger to get more, so of course the squad is focused, we’re ready to give it a go. I think we’ve prepared well for this game.”
The League Cup semi-finals are being played over one leg instead of the usual two this year due to the congested schedule as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
United are not expected to be busy in the transfer window this month, but Solskjaer has already made one new addition to his backroom staff, with former midfielder Darren Fletcher returning to Old Trafford.
“His experience of being here through both successful and difficult times, we felt it was right now for Darren to come in and give us that input,” said Solskjaer.
“I think it’s also important that we bring ex-players that have been somewhere else.
“I’ve been somewhere else after having worked under Mick Phelan, Sir Alex (Ferguson) and Carlos (Queiroz). We know one way of coaching but they’ve been to different clubs and got different ideas.
“Fletch, with his ideas and thoughts will improve us in the backroom staff.”
NAF bombs bandits’ hideouts, kills scores in Kaduna
Guinea president Conde receives Covid vaccine
Gov. Ganduje lauds peaceful conduct of Kano State LG poll
Lebron James leaves behind Coke for deal with Pepsi
Kwara residents pay highest for petrol, lowest for diesel in Dec. 2020 – NBS
Okowa congratulates Ace Comedian, Gordons at 50
Argentina detects first case of UK virus strain
Rooney suffers defeat in first game as Derby’s permanent boss
Female suicide bomber kills three in Borno
Instagram model, Joselyn Cano, reportedly dies during butt-lift surgery
DNA bruohaha! Banker dies from heartbreak after finding out his children aren’t his
GRAPHIC PHOTO: Corps member arrested for allegedly hacking man to death after hook up
Spurs condemn trio for COVID-19 protocol breach in Christmas party
MURIC asks FG to recognise Islamic holidays, allow soldiers wear hijab, keep beards
Another side chic shares photo of Dangote’s b*tt
PHOTOS: Lady in FCMB paternity scandal changes name from Moyo Thomas
VIDEO: Nigeria military display colour, precision on remembrance day
VIDEO: Pigeons released by Buhari refuse to fly at Armed Forces Remembrance
COVID-19: Popular broadcaster, Bisi Olatilo debunks rumoured death from hospital bed (VIDEO)
VIDEO: Ogun State police officers thrash physically challenged man
VIDEO REVIEW: Man who married twin sisters, Sowore’s N20m bail, other
VIDEO: Court grants Sowore N20m bail
VIDEO: How my father was beaten to death by angry mob in his estate
VIDEO: Police raid nightclubs in Lagos, arrest curfew violators
- General9 hours ago
PHOTOS: Ex-speaker, Dimeji Bankole hooks Kebbi gov’s daughter, Aisha
- Student's Life10 hours ago
Plateau varsity lecturers begin indefinite strike to protest insecurity, poor infrastructure – ASUU chair
- Sports11 hours ago
Super Eagles player, Paul Onuachu, set to join Olympic Lyon
- Politics6 hours ago
Donald Trump’s Facebook, Instagram accounts restored
- News12 hours ago
Elumelu’s firm, Heirs Holding, buys Shell, Total, ENI stakes in oil block
- Entertainment8 hours ago
Instagram deletes James Brown’s account after clash with Bobrisky
- Entertainment12 hours ago
PHOTO: Seyi Shay strips completely on Instagram
- Entertainment9 hours ago
VIDEO: Laycon performs at Dimeji Bankole’s wedding