By: Kamusime Barnabas
Man United cannot win the FA Cup but are four points away from securing a return of Champions League football to Old Trafford next season.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists he gave Manchester United ‘the best possible chance’ to reach the FA Cup final and prepare for the visit of West Ham on Wednesday with his team selection.
United used the formation in their two wins at Chelsea this season yet the reliance on the tactic backfired in a 3-1 defeat that will prolong United’s three-year trophy drought well into August.
Although United struggled in the system, the game was goalless until they had to switch to a 4-2-3-1 formation that was prompted by the removal of Eric Bailly after he clashed heads with teammate Harry Maguire.
“We picked a team today to give us the best possible opportunity to go through in the cup and be ready for Wednesday,” Solskjaer explained. “It didn’t work today.
“Eric is in hospital, going through all the routine checks and protocols. He got a cut in the back of his head as well. I don’t really know [about his condition], I haven’t heard, or spoken to the doctor about it. It had a big, big impact on the game.
“Eric played well in the 42 minutes he stayed on and we conceded just after the restart there, which was very disappointing. Eric was a big part of us not having any chances against us, really.
“The blow to Eric’s head when Harry and Eric stayed down for a long time, we seemed to lose concentration for a little while and losing the goal straight after had a massive impact on the game.”