Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sends blunt warning to stars ahead of Norwich clash

Posted Saturday, January 11, 2020 by

Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sends blunt warning to stars ahead of Norwich clash
Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sends blunt warning to stars ahead of Norwich clash (Image: GETTY)

Manchester United take on Norwich at Old Trafford this weekend in the Premier League.

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has called for his players to not lick their wounds and feel sorry for themselves following their comfortable defeat to Manchester City in the Carabao Cup. City beat United 3-1 at Old Trafford in the first leg of their semi-final.

Bernardo Silva, Riyad Mahrez and Andreas Pereira [OG] all scored within 38 minutes to put City 3-0 up in the first half of the game before Marcus Rashford scored a late consolation.

United were out-hustled and out-thought by Pep Guardiola’s City, leaving them with an uphill task in next week’s second leg.

But this weekend Solskjaer’s side take on relegation battlers Norwich at Old Trafford.

And the Norwegian has called for his players not to shy away and to just put the City result behind them so they can focus on Norwich.

“You're disappointed when you lose a game against your local rivals, but which way is there to go?” said Solskjaer.

“Do you feel sorry for yourself or do you just knuckle down and get ready for the next one?

“One of the worst traits a footballer can have is feeling sorry for himself. If you do that, you're not in the right place.

"It was a disappointing feeling, because that wasn't the way we wanted the game to go, but I'm sure we'll get a reaction.

“Every game is the perfect opportunity. If City were here again in the league, after the Carabao Cup, you'd say that's the perfect opportunity.

“Norwich is the next game, you're playing for Manchester United, in front of the best fans in the world – what is there not to like about that situation?”

United defender Harry Maguire was originally thought to have suffered a serious hip injury but now he’s in contention to face the Canaries on Saturday afternoon.

“It's not a surprise, he's a warrior, and if there's a minor problem he'll put himself up to play,” Solskjaer added.

“That’s the culture that we’re working towards, that we have players who always put the team in front of themselves.

“For me, I’m in a process of building a squad with the right culture and I’m still not finished with that.”

However, midfielder Jesse Lingard is out of the clash with a virus - which he played through against City in midweek.

“[Lingard] won’t be available this weekend,” Solskjaer said.

“He's one that put himself up for selection against City.

“He wasn’t feeling great, but we were down to the bare bones and Jesse got a reaction from that.

“He didn’t feel very well at half-time and he hasn’t been in since. Fair play for putting himself up, but then unfortunately he got worse.”

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