Solskjaer's verdict on semi-final defeat
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says missed chances cost his Manchester United side against Sevilla in the Europa League semi-final, as the boss admitted the Spaniards' experience told at key points in the match.
The Reds were unlucky in the lead-up to Sevilla's equaliser when a throw-in was controversially awarded against us and Solskjaer also pointed to a foul in the build-up to their winner.
However, the Norwegian ultimately admitted his side will have to learn valuable lessons from a hugely disappointing evening. Here's what the boss had to say to BT Sport after the match...
MISSED CHANCES COST US
"It's one of them - if you take your chances you’ll win comfortably but that’s not always the case in football. We had moments and spells in both halves where we could have and should have scored quite a few goals. But when you don’t take the chances it’s going to be hard. We have a young team – we had three years average less than them and I thought some spells today maybe showed that. This group of players will have to learn and get some consistency in the play. When we got the ball down and pressed and created counterattack chances it was scintillating at times. Their keeper had a fantastic game. It's disappointing we didn't score because we know we've got players who have got that quality.”
CONCEDING FROM CROSSES IS DISAPPOINTING
"It's not just in the box but the whole run up to the goal is disappointing. We were on the break, Anto got fouled and it should have been a booking. The recovery runs weren’t good enough and we should have stopped the cross maybe and cleared the ball when it got into the box. A deflection off Brandon's [Williams] thigh changed the direction of the ball, but then again, to concede from two crosses is disappointing.”
YOU HAVE TO KEEP GOING
"It was our throw-in - 100 per cent, but that’s what I mean about experience… when you don't get it you can't stop, you’ve got to stick with the game. We know it's our throw-in but it still ends up on the other side of pitch and they get a cross in so you can’t say that is the reason [why we conceded the equaliser].”
POSSIBLY ANOTHER PENALTY
“Yeah. We got a corner from it but he [Diego Carlos] never touched the ball - he just ran straight through him [Bruno Fernandes]. But that’s decisions, I’m just accepting that both players and referees can make decisions that might not be the right one.”
WE’VE MADE GOOD PROGRESS
"Since February we've been fantastic. Then again it's disappointing to go out. We've come quite a distance from where we were in February. It’s quite exciting to work with these boys but then again you could see how tired they were at the end - tired legs and tired minds. So we’ll need the break we can have now and go again very soon.”
WE WILL KEEP IMPROVING
“We definitely need to improve if you want to move up the table and take steps further in the cups. I've never had three semi-finals in one season and that [losing them all] is one of those things you’re disappointed with as well. We are working to improve what we have. We've had spells with injuries and we’ve had spells where players have played a lot. We're always looking to improve the squad.”
WE WANT TO SIGN THE RIGHT PLAYERS
"It's not about a marquee [signing], it's about quality. Of course when you’re going to sign players you need the right player and the right personality who will fit into the group and make us better. We might look at it today and see where we need to improve.”
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