Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes winning the League Cup would be a “big step” in Manchester United’s development as he prepares for Wednesday’s semifinal showdown with Manchester City at Old Trafford.
“A semifinal is a chance to get to the final, to get your hands on a trophy in the next round and for this team it would be a very, very big step getting your hands on a trophy,” said Solskjaer.
“We’ve developed a lot in the last six months, last 12 months since the last semi in the Carabao (League) Cup so of course it’s not just learning to win semis.
“We’ve also earned the right to feel we can go all the way with our performances.
In Solskjaer words,” We are confident, we are going into the game with good form so there’s no excuses.”
– Trophy drought –
“You play football to win trophies, to get your hands on a trophy – even though when you win that trophy you move on to the next one,” added Solskjaer, who won 10 major trophies in his time as a player at United.
“But it gives you hunger to get more, so of course the squad is focused, we’re ready to give it a go. I think we’ve prepared well for this game.”
The League Cup semifinals are being played over one leg instead of the usual two this year due to the congested schedule as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
United are not expected to be busy in the transfer window this month, but Solskjaer has already made one new addition to his backroom staff, with former midfielder Darren Fletcher returning to Old Trafford.
“I think it’s also important that we bring ex-players that have been somewhere else.
“I’ve been somewhere else after having worked under Mick Phelan, Sir Alex (Ferguson) and Carlos (Queiroz). We know one way of the coaching but they’ve been to different clubs and got different ideas.
“Fletch, with his ideas and thoughts will improve us in the backroom staff.”