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Solskjaer reacts to Man United’s terrible record in semi-finals

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Manchester United
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The Red Devils lost all three of their semi-finals last season in the Carabao Cup, FA Cup, and Europa League ahead of their latest tie.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer brushed aside concerns over Manchester United’s semi-final defeats from last season ahead of Wednesday’s showdown with Manchester City.

The city rivals will meet in the Carabao Cup last-four stage for the second successive season. Despite United winning 1-0 in the second-leg at the Etihad, they lose the tie 3-2 on aggregate following a 3-1 opening leg defeat. Further semi-final exits followed against Chelsea in the FA Cup and Sevilla in the Europa League.

But Solskjaer is adamant United have ‘improved immensely’ since their loss against Sevilla in August.

“When you get to a semi you’ve done a lot of good work to get to a semi-final. Naturally, you play against better and better opposition,” said the United manager in a press conference as per Sky Sports.

“I think we’ve improved immensely even since [the Europa League semi-final] in August.

“It’s a step closer to get to the final. It’s easy to say ‘Have we learned?’, but it’s not about learned, it’s about some fine margins in those semi-finals.

“When you win games of football, you don’t think about whether it’s a semi-final, a league game, or a quarter-final, you just think it’s this game and you want to win it.”

Whoever wins the Manchester derby on Wednesday will meet either Tottenham or Brentford in the Carabao Cup final itself at Wembley.