Manchester United extended their poor record in the semifinals after being knocked out by Manchester City from the Carabao Cup in the same round. In total, the Red Devils have failed in four consecutive semifinal matches in less than a year.
The Manchester Derby duel took place earlier today (07/01) at Old Trafford. Playing at home does not seem to be a guarantee for the Red Devils, after all, they ended up losing 0-2 to their city rivals.
This defeat is like repeating the memory of the defeat in the Carabao Cup last season by the same opponent and in the same round, the Semifinals.
Yes, ironically Manchester United also lost to Chelsea in the FA Cup Semifinal 2019/20 season yesterday. Meanwhile, in the Europa League, they were defeated by Sevilla in the semifinals.
With a record of four consecutive semifinal failures, it is only natural that the public thinks that Manchester United players have mental problems.
But interestingly, coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists there are no mental problems in his squad. MU was just not good enough to win, and acknowledged Manchester City’s superiority in this match.
“No, it’s not a psychological problem. Sometimes you meet good teams in the semifinals and we are just not good enough. At the moment, they are probably the best team in England and we are not good enough.”
“When you lose in the semifinals, when you lose to your opponent you think they deserve to win,” said Solskjaer at Manutd.com.
Even more interesting, Solskjaer actually saw the development of Manchester United’s performance compared to their failure against Manchester City in last season’s Carabao Cup semifinals.
It’s just that, he considered these developments not enough to bring Rashford et al stepped into the final round.
“However, we are getting closer. This is a much better version of MU compared to a year ago in some of the semifinals. This is a positive development, but still not enough,” he said.
With this failure, Manchester United’s hope was dashed to end the season with a championship trophy.