Norwich 1 United 2: Ole's press conference
Looking for more Solskjaer reaction? See what the boss said to reporters during his post-match press conference...
Q: Jesse coming back Well, we’re thorough. We’re really happy with going through, of course. I think with Jesse and the others that hadn’t played [they] needed another game, needed minutes, needed to get the sharpness back and in that respect, this worked out really well. I think the difference between training and games, that competitive edge will help them in the next few months. Q: First half performance This team, they played together against Derby in the last round, Harry and Victor swapped places, but it took us too long to get into rhythm of trusting ourselves, playing the passes through the lines, running in behind, one and two touch – we took two or three touches and took too many touches and the ball moved a little bit slow. We had possession, we kept just prodding and prodding and in the end we got the goals we needed. Q: Maguire FA Cup goals They’re two different goals and maybe two goals that you don’t expect from him. One from thirty yards, top corner and today like a poaches goal. You might expect him to score on a header, but Tim Krul decided not to [let him] because that was a fantastic save just before Harry scored his goal. So Harry’s been magnificent since he’s come to the club, his leadership skills are there to be seen, he helps us with the build-up and today I think he won every header, won every challenge. Q: Sixth Sub, did it help I thought Anthony came on and did really well, I think he made the little bit of a difference, he made runs down the channels, he did some great sprints, he turned, he was direct and positive. Of course when you’re [playing against] 10 men, we spoke about it after full-time that ‘we’ve got 30 minutes now, we don’t have to panic, we just have to keep prodding – the chances will come and we need to take them’. So all the subs played their part. Q: Second semi this season It’s important to get to the final, last year we got to the quarters in the FA Cup and lost against Wolverhampton – now at least we’re in the semis at Wembley. I spoke about it before the game, that for this team to win their first trophy together will be important, or get to the first final together is going to be important. That will help the culture, the winning culture we need to start winning things and we’re now in the semi’s so we’re delighted with that. Q: Vintage United win? Of course with them being down to 10 men and us having dominated and pressed them back a while, I think it was time just to put all hands to the pumps, get the forwards on, get Nemanja playing centre back. We only ended one centre back to be fair with Harry, but he came up and scored a goal. I think sometime it just doesn’t work as hoped, like in training it looks great and on paper it looks great, but you got an opposition that want to make it difficult for you and they did. They were really organised, but then they tired towards the end and we got the win that I feel we deserved. Q: Ighalo Very important, that was important for me, we worked hard to do it, Odion knows how much we value him in and around the dressing room, and of course on the pitch he’s a goalscorer, a poacher, strong, we can play the ball into him – like we did for the second goal, the winning goal. He showed for the second and Paul found him. So one, he’s performing well, but two, it also makes me have the chance to rotate with Marcus and Anthony and Mason so they can get a rest and we’re fresh for every game. Q: United Youngsters They keep on working every single day, Jimmy is training with us, Ethan will probably come in with the group as well. Tedin, Angel, Tahith - they’ve have been working hard behind the scenes. You can see the squad today as well that we do have a strong and big squad and hopefully they keep on developing and get an opportunity and I’m sure they'll take it.