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‘Big step backwards’: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reacts as Man Utd crash out of FA Cup

Manchester United were beaten convincingly in the FA Cup quarter-final against Wolves in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side second consecutive defeat as manager.

Second-half strikes from Raul Jimenez and Diogo Jota took the game away from United, who looked a shadow of what we have seen in Solskjaer’s reign.

“We started too slowly and played into their hands. Our possession wasn’t bright enough and quick enough, so it’s disappointing,” Solskjaer told BBC Sport.

“I didn’t think we had enough quality in the last third, enough combination play. We had decent dominance with the ball in the first half but that doesn’t help if you give the ball away and they can counter.

“This was a big step backwards, mainly because of the quality of the possession and the passing.”

“Some of the players go away with the national teams and they’ll enjoy the break. We’ve got to go again. We’ve had a great run and now we’ve had two defeat. Against Arsenal we just couldn’t score and today was poor – the poorest we’ve played,” Solskjaer added.

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Marcus Rashford’s late goal was little consolation for United who were laboured and conservative in possession, negated by a Wolves side who completely dominated throughout.

Solskjaer will realise a huge opportunity has been missed in United’s most realistic chance of silverware this season, in what was his side’s worst performance since Jose Mourinho left the club in December.

United will need to regroup in the international break and come back firing with Champions League positions still to fight for as well as the mouth-watering tie against Barcelona next month.

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