Caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is relishing the prospect of leading Manchester United out against old rivals Arsenal in the fourth round of the FA Cup
The Red Devils booked their spot in the fourth round by defeating Reading 2-0 at Old Trafford on Saturday through goals from Juan Mata and Romelu Lukaku.
Solskjaer, who started in United’s semi-final wins over Arsenal in 1999 and 2004 on route to FA Cup glory, believes his players need the challenge of facing top-level opponents.
“Fantastic,” Solskjaer told MTV on his reaction to the FA Cup draw.
“We need these games. These players need big games to be challenged.
”Of course, everyone says we’ve won the last five games but [they have] not been [against] big opposition.
“But you can only beat the teams you play and, for us to get tested and go to the next level, you need those games. And if you want to win the FA Cup, you have to beat everybody.“
In the competition, United have claimed seven wins to Arsenal’s six with the other two meetings ending in a draw.
Last month, the two sides settled for a 2-2 draw at Old Trafford in the Premier League.
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