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Solskjaer: Reaching semis not good enough for Man Utd

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer - Manchester United
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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hopes Manchester United have learned from their previous cup defeats ahead of the Europa League semi-final.

Manchester United have already secured Champions League football for the next season, but that does not necessarily mean they will have had a successful campaign at the end of 2019/20 season.

The Red Devils were knocked out of the FA Cup and Carabao Cup, both at the semi-finals stage, at the hands of Chelsea and Manchester City respectively.

However, they still do have a chance for tasting tangible success as they are still alive in the Europa League. A nervous 1-0 victory against FC Copenhagen earned them a Europa League semi-final against Sevilla.

As he aims to win his first silverware as the club’s manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants Man United to use the ‘hurt’ from the previous two cup defeats as a source of motivation in the coming weekend.

“We’ve had two semi-finals before but we want to go to the next step,” said Solskjaer during an MUTV interview.

“Reaching semi-finals is a good effort, decent, but it’s not good enough for Man United.

“The team has been developing and getting more and more hungry, and let’s make sure that hurt that we felt in the two other cups we went out of can maybe be the marginal difference, in that we want it more than them.”