Manchester United have named their team for what they hope is the penultimate match of the season, against Sevilla in this evening’s Europa League semi-final.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be hoping it is third time lucky as he attempts to avoid losing another cup competition at this stage, following exits to Manchester City in the League Cup and Chelsea in the FA Cup.
“We’ve had a few good days preparing, recovering and training,” Solskjaer said in his pre-match conference. “It’s not very often that we have six days between games. We’re ready; we’re physically ready. Mentally, the boys will be ready because it’s a semi-final and everyone will want to take part and I just want them to enjoy it. For me as well, I’m looking forward to it. We’ve already twice been to a semi this season and we’re happy going as far as we have, but we’re not satisfied. We want to go one step further.”
“I think in any game it’s important to start well. We talk about it. We practise and we’re prepared for a good start. Definitely, against good teams, if go chasing, if you start on the back foot, if you don’t get your first touches, or your first tackle, you’ll be going searching a little bit. You’re playing against a team full of quality and if we don’t get touches of the ball it will be hard.”
“You know that when you come to a semi final you are playing against big teams, good teams with quality. It is time to step up for big players, big game moments. You have to have 100 per cent focus because any little moment can change the game, can win you the game, can lose you the game. We have learned that it is very painful to lose a semi final.”
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