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Solskjaer explains why Manchester United lost to Leicester City in the FA Cup

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer takes blames for Manchester United humiliating loss to Tottenham

Manchester United boss said his side did not have “enough as a team” against Leicester City in the FA Cup.

 

Leicester city fired past Henderson in the 24th minute after Fred’s sloppy pass to Henderson was intercepted by Leicester city Kelechi Iheanacho who rounded the keeper before tapping home.

Manchester United got leveled when Paul Pogba advanced down the left-hand side. He pulled it back for Donny van de Beek, but he crossed it for Mason Greenwood who finished clinically past Schmeichel.

 

Leicester deservedly retook the lead just after the break with Youri Tielemans and Kelechi Iheanacho adding to the score sheet to eliminate Manchester United out of the FA cup.

 

With Man United now out of the FA Cup, the only trophy they will be able to win this year is the Europa League. Solskjaer told BBC Sport that United’s recent schedule caught up with them against Leicester.

 

“We didn’t have the spark tonight – but it’s understandable. This team have been fantastic in the last three or four months. We played every three days and have 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. 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.

 

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Manchester United were the second-best team against Leicester on the night. ( Photo by Getty Images)

 

“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.

 

On the changes Solskjaer said: “I would’ve done the same again, the changes were necessary to do. We knew Paul [Pogba] wouldn’t last more than an hour and I don’t think I would do anything differently. What goes on behind the scenes isn’t always known.”

 

On conceding the first goal: “We want to build from the back and want the players to be confident – sometimes it doesn’t work and that’s one time it didn’t.

 

“When we win, we win together and when we lose, we lose together. We’re not pointing fingers and blaming – the second one is a good goal by the boy but maybe with a zip of energy we could’ve got to him and wouldn’t have been done as easily in the middle. That’s been one of our strengths, keeping clean sheets and been dogged but we didn’t have the opportunity.”

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