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.