Manchester United, who were knocked out of the EFL Cup semi-final by their noisy neighbours, face Watford in the FA Cup 3rd round tie on Saturday. United suffered their fourth semi-final defeat under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to lose out on a great opportunity to win a silverware this season.
Speaking to reporters ahead of their FA Cup match, Solskjaer confirmed there were no hangovers from the EFL Cup defeat, and the players will bounce back to winning ways. The Norwegian added “The reaction has been as expected. Of course when you go out you’re disappointed, we wanted to go one step further.”
“But we’ve shown many times this season that we can react and bounce back after a disappointment. We did it after the defeat to Arsenal, after we lost to Tottenham, and after we went out in the Champions League.“
“The boys have reacted well, so I don’t envisage anyone with a mindset other than, ‘We want to win this’, and that’s what we have to do. We enter this competition to win and that’s what we want to do.”
Signing of Amad Diallo
Solskjaer admitted he is excited with the arrival of Amad Diallo, but said he doesn’t know how long it would take to integrate him with the first-team. Speaking on Diallo, the United manager added “He has not been with us in the training group. I’m excited by all new players coming in, and we will give him time. I’ve seen there’s been lots of expectations put on Amad and rightly so.“
“He is an exciting player that has some fantastic attributes that we look forward to developing and giving him a chance to succeed here at Manchester United.”
“It’s important we give him time to settle in, if it is with U23s to play his first few games or he looks so ready after training with the first team that he will go straight into that team, I don’t know yet.”
Romero and Rojo to leave
The Manchester United manager confirmed there could be departures this month, with the club trying to find suitors for Sergio Romero and Marcos Rojo.
“Both of them have contracts until the summer, and they are not going to be extended, so we are looking for them to find clubs.”
“Marcos has been given time to go home, so he is still in Argentina. Sergio has been back home to see his family, but he is back in England now.”