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"There is no time to feel sorry for ourselves," says Man Utd boss Solskjaer.


Man Utd captain Harry Maguire. [BBC Screen Shot]
Man Utd captain Harry Maguire. [BBC Screen Shot]

Solskjaer after Man Utd defeat to Chelsea: "We will get our heads ready and our legs ready and go again."


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says lack of “concentration” was one of the major reasons why Manchester United lost their FA Cup semi-final clash to Chelsea.


The West London club thrashed the Red Devils 3-1 at the Wembley Stadium on Sunday to set up a final with Arsenal, who came out as winners against Manchester City on Saturday.


The Blues started the match in high spirits and got their reward through Olivier Giroud at the brink of half time.


Mason Mount increased lead early in the second half as David de Gea failed to stop an easy shot from outside the box, leading to fans asking if the Spaniard still has the attributes of a top goalkeeper.


Captain Harry Maguire’s own goal in the 74th minute made matters worse for United as Solskjaer’s boys went three goals down.


January signing Bruno Fernandes pulled one back from the penalty spot with four minutes to go but there was absolutely no chance for a comeback.


Following the defeat, Solskjaer said they will get their heads and legs ready and go again.


He told BBC Sport: "Of course coming in at half time with the goal after that long lay off was a big blow for us. We lost concentration and that was disappointing.


"Chelsea had an extra 48 hours, that's just a fact but it's no excuse, I can't use excuses. It is what it is, we would rather have the semi to play than not, I won't make a fuss out of that.


"You always question your decisions.”


On De Gea’s error early in the second half, the Norwegian said: "I can't speak for David de Gea's confidence but he is mentally very strong. He knows he should save that one 100 times out of 100 but that's football for you. I made the decision to play him and mentally he was ready for it.


Chelsea beat United to set up an FA Cup final with Arsenal. [BBC Screen Shot]
Chelsea beat United to set up an FA Cup final with Arsenal. [BBC Screen Shot]

"You know Olivier Giroud's movement you know he goes to the near post and we should defend that better. We are a little too late in those situations and the second goal was very avoidable.“


On Ivory Coast international Eric Bailly, who was taken off with a stretcher after suffering a head collision twice, the Man United boss said: "Eric Bailly is hopefully fine, he had a cut on his head but hopefully he will be fine.“


Solskjaer insists he doesn’t want his team to dwell on the appalling result as they still have to battle for a top-four spot and the Europa League competition coming ahead.


He added: "There is no time to feel sorry for ourselves, we have two games this week and then the Europa League. We will get our heads ready and our legs ready and go again."



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