Solskjaer: We'll take what comes our way
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer shares his thoughts on the Carabao Cup draw and our victory over Colchester...
You have been drawn against Manchester City in the Carabao Cup semi-finals. Was it written in the stars? "No, I don't believe in things being written in the stars. But we take what comes our way. We've got a good memory from the last time we played them. Of course, they're a top side, a very good team, in my opinion the best in England. But we're in the semi-finals and we're confident going into those games." Having beaten them recently, can you take a lot of good points from that game? "Yeah we played well but there are things we need to improve on and I'm sure they look at that game and there are things they need to improve on. I think it will be two fantastic nights in Manchester." You had 80 per cent of the ball in the first half. It was just difficult making that breakthrough? "We created chances and opportunities, we just didn't take them. We were a little bit wasteful in our finishing but the rest of the half I really liked. The play was patient, the ball moved quickly, we moved it around and I was miles more happy with the first half than the second half actually." It seemed that getting that first goal would settle you down and then you'd go on to get a second and a third perhaps? "Yeah. Sometimes goals change games but we don't want to change the way we want to play. I think we maybe took the foot off the pedal and relaxed a little bit. You'd like them to just get on with it, get the ball back and keep playing like we did in the first half - but score goals." What do you make of the squad and the way they're performing you? Nine changes at the weekend, seven again tonight and there'll be more at the weekend. It's a good group, isn't it? "It's a fantastic group. Great attitude, good competition, they push each other on and spur each other on. The atmosphere is great so, for me, winning games breeds good confidence and good mood. They're in a good mood, they're in a happy place at the moment and let's just move on to Watford now." From an individual perspective, how special is it for you to have been in charge for a year now, to be in the semi-final of a cup competition and for the form to be picking up in the Premier League now too? "I've got the dream job. To have been here for a year now, it's just gone so quick. I'm enjoying each day, even more and more so because you're moulding the group to where you want it. We've had decisions to make but I believe these players will develop and learn and keep wanting to learn. It's great for us as coaches and for the club's future."