Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to settle a score after Manchester United advance to the Carabao Cup semi-finals and a date with Manchester City.
Pep Guardiola’s side hit United – who progressed thanks to a comfortable 2-0 win at Everton – at the same stadium last season and are chasing a fourth straight win in the tournament, which would equal Liverpool’s record set between 1981 and 1984.
But Solskjaer’s side are in a rich vein of form and the Norwegian challenged his side to show they can bring success to Old Trafford.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer challenged his players to show they can be successful
United lost three semi-finals last season and their manager believe a one-off row with City represents a perfect opportunity to make a statement.
“We’ve had three semi-finals in the last year of course and it’s not far enough,” Solskjaer said. “This year again, like last year, we play them in the semi-finals, so let’s see how we do. “
United dominated from the start but they didn’t get their reward until the 87th minute, when Edinson Cavani made the breakthrough. The Uruguayan scored his first goals in English football at Goodison Park in October and Solskjaer is delighted with his progress.
“I don’t think Edi got off to a slow start – anyone can get hurt,” he said. “I’m really happy with his influence and the good habits he brings. You can see how much he takes care of himself and he has scored some important goals. He is going to be here and he will get better and better.
Edinson Cavani (left) made the breakthrough with a superb strike in the 87th minute
Cavani was involved in a flash point early in the second half when he appeared to grab Everton defender Yerry Mina by the throat.
Everton, however, did not complain that Cavani was not sent off and boss Carlo Ancelotti was left to regret a performance by his players which simply did not threaten to disturb United as they failed to succeed. to be framed in the second half.
“The players didn’t talk about it (Cavani) after the game,” Ancelotti said. “If the referee has decided that Cavani had done nothing wrong, we accept it. “
On Richarlison, who suffered a concussion in a collision with Bruno Fernandes and Eric Bailly, Ancelotti added: “He’s fine now. Our doctor had full control of the situation.
He has decided that Richarlison should step down and we totally agree. The health and well-being of the player is most important.
United players mob Cavani after giving their side the lead at Goodison Park on Wednesday