Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reacts to Manchester United’s FA Cup semi-final draw against Chelsea


Manchester United must beat Chelsea to book their place in the FA Cup final (Picture: Getty)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he’s ‘delighted’ that Manchester United have successfully secured their place in the FA Cup semi-finals and is ‘looking forward’ to next month’s clash with Chelsea at Wembley.

United and Norwich could not be separated in normal time on Saturday afternoon after Todd Cantwell cancelled out Odion Ighalo’s opener with a brilliant strike in the 75th minute at Carrow Road.

But United captain Harry Maguire scrambled home a winner from close-range deep into extra-time to send the visitors into the final four of the competition.

Maguire scored an extra-time winner for United at Carrow Road (Picture: Getty)

The Red Devils will face Chelsea for a spot in the final and it will be the sixth time Solskjaer has faced the Blues since taking over the reins from Jose Mourinho back in December 2018.

Arsenal and Manchester City will do battle in the other semi-final after they got the better of Sheffield United and Newcastle United respectively.

Asked about drawing Chelsea at his press conference on Monday morning, Solskjaer responded: ‘We’re delighted to be in the semis to be against a team we’ve played so many times.

‘In the last 18 months we seem to have played Chelsea every other weekend.

‘It’s a game we’re looking forward to.’

Chelsea secured their place in the semi-finals with a win over Leicester (Picture: Getty)

United will extend their unbeaten streak to 15 games with a victory at Brighton on Tuesday but Solskjaer is refusing to get carried away with his side’s impressive form ahead of the Premier League clash.

‘The players are working really hard and want to do as well as they can and for me as a team we’re trying to implement our ideas,’ the Norwegian said.

‘Talk about 14 games we can talk about the next one and go into the next game knowing you’ve won the previous game.

‘It’s a good place to be in.’

On United’s chances of qualifying for the Champions League, Solskjaer added: ‘I think every year you’re in the Champions League is a great experience, for the players it’s a step forward.

‘For us it’s what we’re striving to do, winning trophies, and we need to focus on one game at a time.

‘There are so many teams that want that place so you can’t get distracted about looking too far ahead and onto the next one.’

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