Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Praises Manchester United Squad Depth After Securing FA Cup Semi-Final Spot

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer praised the quality and depth in his Manchester United squad on Saturday evening, after the Red Devils progressed to the FA Cup semi-final with a nervy 2-1 win over Norwich City.

The Norwegian coach made eight changes to his starting lineup from the side which cruised past Sheffield United in midweek, but they required extra-time to sneak beyond the Canaries, snatching the victory in the 118th minute thanks to a strike from captain Harry Maguire.

Manchester United v Sheffield United - Premier League

And speaking to the BBC, Solskjaer stated he was 'delighted to be in the last four' and praised his players for reaching the semi-final, despite being drawn away from home in every round of the competition.

"It is cup football for you, the game was not the greatest spectacle but I felt we kept the ball okay but did not threaten or create chances.

“Delighted to be in the last four and got a good workout for many of the players. Nice for Harry Maguire to get the winner.

“Many of these players did not play the last game and now have 90 or 120 minutes in their legs. We have been drawn away every round so have done well to get so far."

Norwich City v Manchester United - FA Cup: Quarter Final

The Man Utd boss also discussed his decision to shuffle his pack, admitting 'it is great to have the option to rotate,' and highlighting the importance of Odion Ighalo and his impact when called upon.

"We did make many changes, we still think that the players who play 120 minutes are fit enough for Brighton on Tuesday. I did not make it easy for the players, we had two days to prepare for this game but the rhythm and tempo was not there, but we are happy to be through.

“It is great to have the option to rotate. Anthony Martial came on and did brilliant but Odion Ighalo gives me a chance to rotate and he is a proven goalscorer and played his part in both goals. He is a great person to have around the dressing room too.”

Norwich City v Manchester United - FA Cup: Quarter Final

The Red Devils will have to wait to discover who they are to face in the semi-final, as Solskjaer aims to win his first silverware as Man Utd boss.

Source : 90min