One more defeat must be swallowed by Manchester United, this time against their city rivals, Manchester City. Related to the defeat, coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted that his team was ‘battered’ beat by Pep Guardiola’s troops, especially in the first round, when the opposing team managed to score three goals.
Manchester United did face Manchester City in the first leg of the League Cup semi-final or Carabao Cup, Wednesday morning WIB (01/08). Playing at Old Trafford, the Red Devils should be able to win, especially at the previous Manchester Derby meeting they were able to win at the headquarters of the rivals.
Unfortunately, Rashford et al actually surrendered with a landslide score 1-3. The visitors’ three goals were created in the first half, each Man City goal scored by Bernardo Silva, Riyad Mahrez, and Andreas Pereira’s own goal. While Manchester United could only reply through goals from Marcus Rashford in the middle of the second half.
Conceding three goals in the first half is a bad thing for Manchester United, especially when playing at Old Trafford. No wonder the coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted that his team was ‘battered’ by Manchester City, especially in the first round.
“From the first goal and especially the second we struggled to understand them. In the first half until they scored, it was back and forth. We did not handle setbacks well enough. We didn’t anticipate their system well enough, we knew they could play like that. ”
“They played like that last season and beat Chelsea 5-0. The second goal was sloppy and our third didn’t recover,” Solskjaer told Sky Sports.
Indeed, throughout the second half, Manchester United seemed to play better, they pressed Manchester City several times, but in the end were only able to score one goal through Marcus Rashford. Instead of flattering the British national team fans, Solskjaer actually flattered the performance of Nemanja Matic.
“With Matic and his experience he was more involved. It’s more about mastering the ball, confident, and passing the ball. Someone must be responsible, “said Solskjaer.
The semifinal second leg between the two teams will take place on 30 January at the Etihad Stadium.