Manchester United have named their team to face Liverpool this afternoon.
It was 22 years ago to the day when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer scored a last minute winner against the same opponents at the same stage of the same competition. And Solskjaer was reminiscing in his pre-match interviews.
“It was a hard-fought game, we struggled,” he said. “I think we deserved to score goals earlier on, Roy [Keane] had a left-foot strike hitting the post, we had so many chances. And then, finally, in the end for a couple of minutes… It was a free kick we had, headed back square and we got one each, that must’ve been in injury-time as well, or close to. Then I managed to steal the ball off [Paul] Scholesy and put the ball through [Jamie] Carragher’s legs and we won it. It was a fantastic atmosphere at Old Trafford.”
Solskjaer said that even though the Premier League champions are off form, he still expects a tough game.
“They’re still playing well,” he said. “I said it was the best time to meet them last week. That was of no disrespect to them, it was because it was the best time for us. We are in good form, we are in a great mode of confidence and momentum and we felt we could have won the away game. They will want to go through in the cup as well. They’re a few points behind us in the league but they’re still a top team. It’s a cup game, it’s against your rivals. We’re playing every three days now anyway so there will be rotation and some changes in the team. Everyone expects and understands that. Now we just need to find a team that we’re confident in going through.”
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