Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits team selection in FA Cup defeat didn’t work. “We picked a team to go through in cup and ready for Wednesday. It didn’t work.”
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits his team selection against Chelsea “didn’t work” as resting key players backfired in the FA Cup semi-final defeat.
United – on a 19-match unbeaten run in all competitions – started without Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood. Solskjaer made four changes from the victory over Crystal Palace, switching to play a back three.
He was forced into a change just before Chelsea took the lead when Eric Bailly had to be stretchered off with a serious-looking head injury, a moment Solskjaer thought had a “massive impact” on the game.
The United boss also admitted he had one eye on United’s Premier League clash with West Ham on Wednesday night when selecting his XI.
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.”
Credit: Sky Sports