Manchester United have reached the semi-finals of three cup competitions this season, as well as finishing third, which shows an improvement on last year. However, you obviously get nothing for almost reaching a final so, getting knocked out of the League Cup by City and the FA Cup by Chelsea counts for nothing.
Ahead of Sunday’s semi-final against Sevilla in the Europa League, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has told MUTV that the players are ready for us to make our opponents feel the pain we have this season.
We’ve had two semi-finals before but we want to go to the next step. Reaching semi-finals is a good effort, decent, but it’s not good enough for Man United.
The team has been developing and getting more and more hungry, and let’s make sure that hurt that we felt in the two other cups we went out of can maybe be the marginal difference, in that we want it more than them.
When I lose a game or lose at something you don’t want that feeling again so I would think they’re ready for Sunday.
For those who like to take a risk online pokies NZ, they might fancy Seville to book their place in the final, but Solskjaer has explained why we should be considered favourites against the side that finished fourth in La Liga this season.
Physically we’re fine, all the teams have played many games anyway. Now it’s about who is mentally strongest. You can look at the opponent and know they’re tired but you want them feeling more tired than you. You’ve got to be strong mentally, concentrated and focused, and any of these games can be, and will be, decided on a marginal decision or finishing. We’ve just got to keep them [the players] focused with the right attitude.
Unlike the Europa during normal seasons, the quarter-final and semi-final won’t be decided over two legs. We’ve got one chance and we’ve got to make it count. Solskjaer isn’t complaining though and reckons United can get the win we need this weekend.
It’s like a European Championships or a World Cup, you don’t get a second chance and you just know you have to leave everything on that pitch which for me is fine. It’s a different set-up to what we’re used to, we’re used to home and away, but for me this is the best scenario so that we can finish this tournament.
Sevilla head coach, Julen Lopetegui, has told Sky Sports that United are the biggest club in the world but his players are ready to play against us and they are going in to the game with the belief they can win.
The Spanish side booked their place in the semi after knocking out Wolves. United drew their league games against Nuno Espírito Santo’s side this season, as well as in the FA Cup, before knocking them out 1-0 in the replay thanks to goal from Juan Mata. Wolves would have been a familiar face for United, given that we also were drawn against them in last season’s FA Cup.
In Sevilla, we face a side who beat us in the Champions League the season before last but none of the players who started the away leg of that tie started in the quarter-final this week.
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