(Video) Solskjaer bemoans ‘spark-less’ Man United following crushing FA Cup exit

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has spoken after his side’s crushing 3-1 defeat in Sunday’s FA Cup quarter-final.

Sunday’s match saw United well-beaten, however, for as excellent as Leicester City were, United were equally as woeful.

With the help of two Kelechi Iheanacho goals, a thoroughly dominant display saw Brendan Roger’s Foxes outclass the Red Devils in more or less every area of the pitch.

Now out of the FA Cup, Solskjaer and his Red Devils will be focused their attentions entirely on the Premier League and Europa League.

However, despite still in with a realistic chance of winning one major trophy, the crushing manner in which the Red Devils have exited this year’s FA Cup cannot be underestimated.

Speaking after Sunday’s game, which sees United crash out of another competition at the latter stages, Solskjaer was quick to identify his team lacked that ‘spark’ and cutting edge.

“We didn’t have the spark tonight,” the Norwegian (as quoted by BBC) said. “But it’s understandable. This team have been fantastic in the last three or four months. 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.

“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.”

Solskjaer will now be looking to gather his squad after the international break and prepare for a domestic match against Brighton and Hove Albion on April 4.

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  1. Dale if you can actually remember the email I sent to you on the 7th of February,I raised the question of the appointment of ole gunnar solskjer as the manager of this great club

    What possible rationale would a manager have for not playing his best 11 in an FA Cup quarter final in the last game before a two week international break?
    Complete idiocy and stupidity, what exactly is he trying to prove and if he was trying to prove anything, is it in the context of an FA Cup quarter final?

    If Usain Bolt can come out publicly and say Fred isn’t good enough to play for Manchester united, can you imagine the frustration of millions of fans who’s opinion won’t be taken so seriously

    The four players he brought in at 30 minutes to go and a goal down had no reason not to start the match, if there were reasons for them not to then this IDIOT should tell the over a hundred and fifty million fans those reasons

    Fred has had been the focal point of the club’s exit from two major competitions, all with the assistance of the manager, when is it going to be enough?

    Roman Abromavich didn’t hang around with Frank Lampard longer than necessary, no sentiments involved

    This is arguably one of the three biggest clubs in the world, look at the pedigree, achievements and experience of the managers of the other five top clubs in Europe compared to what we have as a manager and then you wonder why we can’t attract top talent and why we can’t win anything

    1. Adebisi, thanks for your comment. I recall your email.

      What do you want me to say other than the manager got some things wrong today and the players looked jaded?

      I really couldn’t care less what Usain Bolt has to say, either. Nor do I think United should look to Chelsea’s way of doing things…

      Chill out a bit. UTFR

      1. Then United should look for a better manager,I don’t have interest in losing almost all leagues,I think the United boards their self needs a reality check! If no sentiment involved 👌

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