Solskjaer explains importance of FA Cup while assessing Wolves

Every season we want to win the FA Cup.

It’s disappointing when Manchester United struggle in the third round and a forced into playing a replay during a busy period for fixtures. This week was supposed to be the one week in January that we’d have no midweek game, but we host Wolves at Old Trafford on Wednesday night instead.

The scoreless draw at Molineux was a boring affair. Neither team deserves to progress in the tournament but Wolves had better chances on goal.

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Solskjaer needs to make sure his players are up for the occasion when Wolves come to Manchester tomorrow. They need to put them to the sword like they did with Norwich City on Saturday.

Quoted by the Manchester Evening News, Solskjaer said the following on Wolves: “We’ve played them so many times so we’re gonna be facing a team that know more or less everything about us, we’ve got them in a couple of weeks in the league. We played a decent first half last week, second half was disappointing, but at home we wanna make sure we go through, this tournament is one we dream about winning when we are young. I loved my time in finals and winning trophies so we wanna go through.”

Given we’re almost out of the Carabao Cup, it would be great for Solskjaer if United could win some silverware this season. And the FA Cup is always a big one!

Solskjaer said after the first game that his team was tired, so a reporter asked how did he re-energise his team. The manager replied: “Results give you energy, for me I’m fine, I only have to see you before and after the game… just counting, it’s our 14th game in 45 days.

We’ve still got five or six games before the winter break, it’s relentless, 18 games in less than 60 days which is physically and mentally demanding, we have to energise them.

One good result and performance like Norwich, they felt good about them, bad results have to be used as a motivation, as in we’re not there yet need to keep improving. Just need the rhythm. When I was playing I felt us as a team got rhythm of match rest match rest, I never got that physical thing. Players like Roy, Scholesy and Gary improved.”

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