Manchester United Head Coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has come out to say he selected the best team to grant Manchester United ‘the best possible chance’ to reach the English FA Cup final against Chelsea.
The Manchester United gaffer altered his line up after he ringed five changes to the team that got the much needed win over Crystal Palace on Thursday night, taking out Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial and a host of names, with him switching to a back three with two strikers.
United used the formation in their two wins at Chelsea this season yet the reliance on the tactic backfired in a 3-1 defeat that will prolong United’s three-year trophy drought well into August.
United strived despite using what OGS termed as the best formation, there was stalemate in the game until they were forced to switch to a 4-2-3-1 formation all because of Eric Bailly’s injury after he was subbed off.
“We picked a team today to give us the best possible opportunity to go through in the cup and be ready for Wednesday,” Solskjaer explained. “It didn’t work today.
He also talked about Eric Bailly who was stretched out after colliding with Harry Maguire.
“Eric is in hospital, going through all the routine checks and protocols. He got a cut in the back of his head as well. I don’t really know [about his condition], I haven’t heard, or spoken to the doctor about it. It had a big, big impact on the game.
“Eric played well in the 42 minutes he stayed on and we conceded just after the restart there, which was very disappointing. Eric was a big part of us not having any chances against us, really.
“The blow to Eric’s head when Harry and Eric stayed down for a long time, we seemed to lose concentration for a little while and losing the goal straight after had a massive impact on the game.”
Manchester United play host to West Ham United in their English Premier League matchday on Wednesday after top four chasing Leicester City were pummeled 3-0 by Tottenham Hotspurs. United need just a draw to go ahead of Leicester City on the log all thanks to Leicester’s defeat 3-0 defeat in London meaning the two teams have same goal difference now.
“It’s between us, Chelsea and Leicester, those last two positions,” Solskjaer added. “The more help we get from others, the better, of course. But if we do our job on Wednesday we will be in a good position before we go into the Leicester game [on the final day]. If we can win that one we can qualify.
“We’ve just got to regroup and go again against West Ham on Wednesday. We have to learn, we’ve got loads of things to learn as a team and this team is developing and took a knock today, confidence-wise. But let’s see the reaction on Wednesday.”