Solskjaer praises City after Carabao Cup loss and makes Liverpool jibe

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Manchester City are ‘probably the best team in England’ ahead of Liverpool as he admits his United side ‘didn’t have enough’ to reach Carabao Cup final

  • Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted his side were not good enough to beat Man City 
  • City controlled the tie at Old Trafford and progressed to the Carabao Cup final
  • Solskjaer suggested City are England’s best team, ahead of champions Liverpool
  • United remain joint top of the table and soon face Liverpool at Anfield 

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was gracious in defeat after missing out on the Carabao Cup final to Manchester City, while appearing to make a subtle dig at Liverpool by branding Pep Guardiola’s side ‘the best team in England.’

Solskjaer watched on at Old Trafford as his resurgent side failed to outclass City with goals from John Stones and Fernandinho bringing the cup run to an end.

The United boss feels his side have improved greatly from last year, but admitted the level of performance wasn’t high enough to come out on top against neighbours City, particularly when it came down to set pieces.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer heaped praise on Man City after they won the Carabao Cup semi-final

Manchester City players celebrate on the Old Trafford pitch at full-time on Wednesday night

Speaking to Sky Sports at the final whistle Solskjaer said: ‘Manchester City can score many great goals. You can accept that. 

‘When you concede two simple set-plays, it’s very disappointing. Just not good enough in those moments.

Solskjaer took to the pitch at the final whistle to commend City players on their efforts

‘We didn’t create enough big chances. They didn’t either. We didn’t have the extra finesse we’ve had in the games lately. We weren’t good enough today.

‘We played against a very good Manchester City team. They played well. When they play well you have to play very well to beat them. We were just lacking that little bit.

‘We’re getting closer. This is a much better version of United than a year ago in those semis.

‘It’s not psychological [losing four semis]. Sometimes you meet good teams in the semis and we just didn’t have enough. We met, at the moment, probably the best team in England and we didn’t have enough today. 

‘We want to go to a final and that would give us an extra boost. Then you got to dust this off and then we got FA Cup and big league games. Then suddenly Europa League is here again.’ 

The United boss suggested City are better than Jurgen Klopp’s reigning champions Liverpool

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