Solskjaer hints at Manchester United tactical change vs Wolves


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has suggested Manchester United could change their formation for the FA Cup quarter-final at Wolves.

United are set to be without attackers Alexis Sanchez (knee), Juan Mata (hamstring), Jesse Lingard (hamstring) and Romelu Lukaku (foot) for the trip to Molineux, while 17-year-old striker Mason Greenwood has been unwell this week.

Belgium coach Roberto Martinez confirmed on Friday Lukaku is out of United’s last eight encounter and although Mata and Lingard trained last week they did not participate in full sessions. United’s preference is for Lingard to return for the Premier League visit of Watford on March 30.

Wolves usually play with a back three and United switched to the same formation to counter Arsenal’s defensive trident in their 2-0 reverse at The Emirates Stadium last week. Regular right-back Ashley Young is suspended after he was booked in the fourth and fifth round triumphs at Arsenal and Chelsea, so Diogo Dalot could operate at right wing-back with Luke Shaw on the other flank.

Solskjaer could offset the shortage of forwards by staring Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial in a front two, supported by Paul Pogba. Phil Jones is available again after missing six matches through illness and could supplement a back three with Chris Smalling and Victor Lindelof.

“Ashley’s been fantastic,” Solskjaer said. “But we’ve got Diogo, Phil Jones can play there [at right-back], so we’ve got players who could play there. We might even swap to a different system, you never know.”

United prevailed away from home at Arsenal in January and recorded a first Stamford Bridge triumph in over six years last month to set up another testing tie at seventh-placed Wolves. Given United’s big-game prowess under Solskjaer, a potential loss at Wolves would feel anti-climactic.

“Any game you lose is a big anti-climax,” Solskjaer stressed. “It’s the worst feeling you can have. And that’s maybe the only good thing about that Arsenal defeat, to feel how much it hurt.

“Because [the first leg defeat to] PSG, we still had a chance to correct it and the last game I lost [before that] was against Ranheim on 26th August, so it was a long time ago.

“To win trophies you’ve got to win at least one or two really tough games. They’re like defining moments. We beat Liverpool, we beat Chelsea, we beat Arsenal back then [in 1999], and you think, ‘We deserve a little bit of luck in the draw next time’.

“But Wolves away, what a difficult game that can be. So comparisons? Well we’re not challenging to win the league this year but we are challenging for the other two trophies.”

United were gifted two goals by PSG in their Champions League round-of-16 second leg comeback last week and were awarded a penalty via the Video Assistant Referee. United were luckless to concede a dubious penalty at Arsenal on Sunday and Solskjaer dismissed the notion he is a lucky manager.

“I think I’ve answered that question quite well here,” he added. “I think you earn your luck, but sometimes it’s better to be lucky than …read more

Source:: Daily times

      

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