Solskjaer admits there is an imbalance in his Man Utd squad after FA Cup defeat

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has admitted that he has an imbalance in his squad after Manchester United[1] were knocked out of the FA Cup.

The Red Devils went out at the quarter-final stage after a 3-1 humbling by Leicester[2] on Sunday.

United were well off the pace at the King Power Stadium against their fellow top four hopefuls.

And as their Wembley dreams were dashed, Solskjaer defended his sides performance, insisting they have been exemplary in a number of important games recently, but there are some squad members who haven’t played enough recently.

“We didn’t have the spark tonight – but it’s understandable,” Solskjaer told BBC Sport. “This team have been fantastic in the last three or four months.

LEICESTER, ENGLAND – MARCH 21: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Manager of Manchester United speaks during a TV Interview after the Emirates FA Cup Quarter Final match between Leicester City and Manchester United at The King Power Stadium on March 21, 2021 in Leicester, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths – The FA/The FA via Getty Images)

“We played every three days and been on a great run. It just caught up with us, all the games and travels.

“Thursday night in Milan was a big night and took a lot of out of us physically. We didn’t have the extra zip, authority and confidence today.

“We tried to get on the front foot and start well because sometimes you can get that adrenaline boost and confidence if you get a goal and that can carry you over the line.

Man Utd were far from their best in the 3-1 defeat to Leicester
Man Utd were far from their best in the 3-1 defeat to Leicester

“We’ve got too many players that have played too many games and too many that haven’t really had much football, Anthony Martial, Donny van de Beek, Paul Pogba and others are trying to get in who haven’t had enough football. We didn’t have enough against a tough team.”

United don’t play now until next month due to the international break, but they have vital games in the Premier League[3] and Europa League awaiting them that Solskjaer is all too aware of.

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“We’ve got the Europa League and Premier League to concentrate on,” the Norwegian added.

“Yes we would’ve liked to go to Wembley but now all the focus is on the games we do have.

“We’re in a good position in the league and we want to keep improving, of course Leicester are just behind us so it won’t be easy but we want to keep going and get as far as possible in the Europa as well.”

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