Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Manchester United have “no excuses” for Wednesday’s Carabao Cup against Manchester City to ask for a cup final on the fourth time

After losing to Pep Guardiola’s men in the last four games last season, the Red Devils lost in the FA Cup and Europa League semi-finals

But Solskjaer is confident of taking this important next step if he leads United form into a fourth straight Cup semi-final against rivals City in an empty Old Trafford

“The next game is always important, but of course a semi-final is a chance to get to the final, get your hands on a trophy in the next round, and for this team it would be a very, very big step a trophy get my hands on it, ”said the United manager

“We have developed a lot in the last six months, in the last 12 months since the last semi-final in the Carabao Cup Of course we don’t just learn how to win the semi-finals”

“We also deserve the right to have the feeling that we can go all the way with our performances

“We’re confident we’ll go into the game in good form so there are no excuses””

Solskjaer has won many medals during his playing days at Old Trafford, but has still had to take silver since he took over as manager in December 2018

“Of course you play football to win,” said Solskjaer, whose side are tied with leaders Liverpool in the Premier League

“You play football to win trophies, to get your hands on a trophy – although if you win that trophy you move on to the next

“But it makes you hungry for more, so obviously the squad is focused, we’re ready to give it a try”I think we prepared well for this game”

United had two days more than City to prepare for Wednesday’s game Then they just have to do without suspended striker Edinson Cavani and long-time absentee Phil Jones

“You have two teams that want to reach the final,” said Solskjaer. “We have now had four days after Villa, so hopefully we have more fresh legs

“It’s a difficult season but I think we will benefit from the rotations That will be important this season when we have fresh legs”

“With City against Chelsea (on Sunday) you could see how fresh, sharp and intense they played after the break – that was shown

“That was a quality game and physically one of the more intense games there has been in the league this season and I don’t think there will be a surprise as they had a few extra days to prepare for it”

“Two teams that want to go through I think the last game (0-0 in December) showed two teams who respect each other”

Wednesday marks United’s first game since Solskjaer added popular former midfielder Darren Fletcher to the first-team coaching team

“He has Man United DNA and there was a place available because Mark Dempsey moved to the academy,” said Solskjaer

“We found he was so valuable there that he was brilliant and helped in the academy

“When that opening came, Darren hadn’t been with the club for a few years but then he came back to train with the 16s and with his experience of being here in both successful and difficult times we had Feeling like it was now for Darren to come in and give us this input

“I’ve been elsewhere after working with Mick Phelan, Sir Alex (Ferguson) and Carlos (Queiroz)”We know one type of coaching, but you have been to different clubs and have different ideas

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