Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has suggested that “fresh legs” could be vital for Man United against Man City in their upcoming Carabao Cup semi-final.
Man United are on a great run of form at the moment. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are unbeaten in 10 games in the Premier League dating back to the start of November.
This run has seen them rise up to joint-top in the Premier League. With Liverpool losing 1-0 to Southampton on Monday, the Red Devils can move three points clear at the top if they win their game in hand.
Man United have also progressed through to the Carabao Cup semi-finals. They beat Everton 2-0 at Goodison Park to reach the final four.
Solskjaer’s men host Man City at Old Trafford on Wednesday night. The winner of this tie will face either Tottenham Hotspur or Brentford in the final at Wembley.
The Red Devils have had more time to prepare for this semi-final than City. Their most recent game was their 2-1 victory on Friday against Aston Villa. Pep Guardiola’s side played two days later as they beat Chelsea 3-1 on Sunday at Stamford Bridge.
Speaking during his press conference on Tuesday, as cited by ESPN, Solskjaer suggested that United’s extra rest could be key against City:
“We’ve had four days now after Villa so hopefully we’ve got more fresh legs.
“It’s a difficult season but we’ll benefit from the rotations we’ve made. That’s going to be important with having fresh legs.
“With City against Chelsea, the freshness and sharpness and intensity they had, It was no surprise there because they had a few extra days to prepare.
“When you get to a semi you’ve done a lot of good work to get there.
“We’ve improved immensely in a year since the last semi when we were in Europe in August. For me, it’s a step closer to get to the final and we’ve developed a lot.
“You play football to win trophies, to get your hands on a trophy even though when you win you move onto the next one.
“It gives you a hunger to win more. The squad is focused, ready to give it a go and we’ve prepared well for this game.”