Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has shared his thoughts after his side’s crushing 3-1 defeat in Sunday’s FA Cup quarter-final.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has blamed “fatigue” as the reason behind his side’s loss to Leicester City in the FA Cup quarter-finals.
Eyebrows were raised as star man Bruno Fernandes, in-form left-back Luke Shaw, and first-choice striker Edinson Cavani were rested from the start.
With the help of two goals from Kelechi Iheanacho, Brendan Roger’s men were by far the better side and were deserved 3-1 winners at the end of the day.
Mason Greenwood had made it 1-1 but United struggled to get going even. Not even the quadruple change of Fernandes, Shaw, Cavani, and McTominay late into the game could inspire the Red Devils.
Solskjaer would have been particularly disappointed with his side going forward. In fact, Mason Greenwood’s strike was United’s only ‘real’ effort on goal.
The United boss pinned the defeat down to fatigue but insists he would pick the same team again if he had the chance.
“We didn’t have the spark tonight,” Solskjaer said as quoted by BBC.
“But it’s understandable. This team have been fantastic in the last three or four months. We played every three days and been on a great run. It just caught up with us, all the games and travels.”
“Thursday night in Milan was a big night and took a lot of out of us physically. We didn’t have the extra zip, authority and confidence today.
“We tried to get on the front foot and start well because sometimes you can get that adrenaline boost and confidence if you get a goal and that can carry you over the line.
“We’ve got too many players that have played too many games and too many that haven’t really had much football, Anthony Martial, Donny van de Beek, Paul Pogba and others are trying to get in who haven’t had enough football. We didn’t have enough against a tough team.”