Solskjaer admits he got team selection wrong against Chelsea


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer concedes his team selection against Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-final did not work as resting players backfired in the defeat.

Though, David De Gea was at fault for two goals as Chelsea ended Manchester United’s unbeaten run with a 3-1 victory at Wembley to book a place in the final against Arsenal.

United started the game without Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial and Greenwood as Solskjaer made four changes from the 2-0 win over Crystal Palace, choosing to play a back three against the blues.

He was forced to make a substitution just before Chelsea’s first goal when Eric Bailly had to be stretchered off with a head injury, a moment Solskjaer blieves had a huge impact on the game.

Solskjaer said he had an eye on United’s Premier League game with West Ham on Wednesday when selecting his starting lineup

He said: “We picked a team to give us a best possible opportunity to go through in the cup and be ready for Wednesday. It didn’t work today.

“We had to change things at half-time when Eric came off but that will stand us in good stead for Wednesday. I picked the team today to go through.”

Leicester’s defeat at Spurs means both clubs are level on points in the race for top four but United still have a game in hand before they play their last league game of the season against Leicester.

“The more help we get from others, the better,” the Red devils boss said when asked about Leicester City’s result.

“But if we do our job on Wednesday we’ll be in a good position before the Leicester game. We want to make sure we’re in a position to win the last game so we can qualify.

‘’We’ve got to regroup and go again on Wednesday. We have loads of things to learn but we are developing. This team took a knock today but let’s see how the reaction is on Wednesday.”


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