Man Utd: Solskjaer says team have 'no excuses' in City game
Manchester United have confirmed their squad for Wednesday night’s Carabao Cup semi-final showdown with Manchester City. Victor Lindelof is back in contention, with the Sweden international missing recent victories against Wolves and Aston Villa. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side will be looking to make the final of the competition for the first time since 2017, back when Jose Mourinho was in charge.
United go up against City looking to lay down a marker.
The Red Devils are flying high in the Premier League but Solskjaer knows he must win a trophy, soon, if he’s to be a big Old Trafford managerial hit.
And, for the match at Old Trafford, the 47-year-old has named a strong squad.
Goalkeepers David De Gea and Dean Henderson make the cut, with there being no place for Sergio Romero.
As well as Lindelof, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Harry Maguire, Eric Bailly, Axel Tuanzebe, Alex Telles and Luke Shaw have been included on the list of defenders.
United will have midfielders Scott McTominay, Nemanja Matic, Paul Pogba, Donny van de Beek, Bruno Fernandes and Juan Mata at their disposal for the showdown at the Theatre of Dreams.
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And, up top, Daniel James, Mason Greenwood, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial are in contention to start.
Meanwhile, speaking ahead of the match against City, Solskjaer defended his side’s penalty record after a dig from Jurgen Klopp.
Klopp, commenting after his side’s 1-0 defeat to Southampton on Sunday, said: “I hear now that Manchester United had more penalties in two years than I had in five-and-a-half years.
“I’ve no idea if that’s my fault, or how that can happen.
“But it’s no excuse for the performance. We cannot change it, we have to respect the decisions.”
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And Solskjaer has now hit back, suggesting Klopp was attempting to influence referees in the top flight.
“That’s a fact? Probably,” said Solskjaer.
“That’s probably going to be my answer, that’s a fact that we’ve got more than them.
“I don’t count how many penalties they’ve had, so if they want to spend time on worrying about when we get fouled in the box… I don’t spend time on that.”
He then added: “I can’t talk on behalf of other managers, why they say things like this.
“I felt it worked last year in the semi in the FA Cup, because Frank [Lampard] spoke about it and we had a nailed-on penalty that we should have had, that we didn’t get.
“So maybe it’s a way of influencing the referees. I don’t know.
“But I don’t worry about that. When they foul our players it’s a penalty when it’s inside the box.”
United haven’t won the Carabao Cup since 2017.
That was back when Mourinho ruled the roost, with the Red Devils beating Southampton 3-2 in the final that year with Zlatan Ibrahimovic scoring twice.
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