Manchester United is fresh from the loss against PSG in the Champions League but the road ahead is not getting easier. It’s Chelsea away in the FA Cup 5th Round, followed by the bitter rivals Liverpool in the League. United will also be without the services of two of its most influcential players Martial and Lingard in the games.
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Manager’s Press Conference
Solskjaer had his FA Cup pre match press conference yesterday ahead of the game where he confirmed about the team mood and the team news as well. he confirmed that the players were feeling down and dissapointed but Chelsea away would be the most favorable day to bounce back. Here are some of his quotes:
It was planned before [the PSG game] actually so it was nice to see the family. But it’s a different feeling of course. I hate losing games and it seems like the boys hate losing games. They’ve been down of course but there’s no point dwelling on it. There are big games against good teams coming up, so we need to dust ourselves down and get going again on Monday.”
“Yes, you have to bounce back at this club. You’ll always have challenges, and away against Chelsea is one of the tougher challenges, so let’s just make sure the next two or three days in training are good so we are ready for Monday. We know there was a spell against PSG – seven, eight, nine or 10 minutes – where we lost our way a bit. But apart from that, we weren’t too bad defensively.
“Well, you don’t panic because you’ve lost a game or change everything, because it doesn’t change the mindset at all,” “We need to keep working on the way we want to play football, the way we approach the games will always be in an attacking, positive mind.”
“We want to go down to Chelsea and then play Liverpool here and still impose ourselves on those games. There are quite a few other teams who have injuries. So you adapt and you have to manage that.”
The manager also went on to confirm that both Martial and Lingard will be out for around two or three weeks and will probably miss the Liverpool game as well. Darmian and club captain Valencia are others who aren’t available as well.
He mentioned that in absence of the attacking duo, academy graduates like Gomes, Chong and Greenwood had an opportuinity. However, Greenwood is also injured and wont be available as well.
Chelsea won their recent Europa League fixture thanks to the goals from Giroud and Barkley but their recent league form has been somewhat turmoil. They lost 4-0 to Bournemouth and 6-0 against Manchester City and are 6th in the league.
It’s the 14th FA Cup tie between the two teams with the latest being the final last year. Manchester United have lost all of their last 4 meetings against Chelsea. However, United have eliminated Chelsea from the competition 10 times, more than any other team involved.
Other News and Transfer Updates
Manchester United are said to be preparing a record 90 million bid for the BVB teenage sensation Jadon Sancho. Kalidou Koulibaly also remains the number 1 priority in the defense for them with updates of latest interest in Marco Verratti as well.
The club also confirmed today that Sir Alex Ferguson will be managing the United’s Legend side against Bayern Munich to mark the 20th anniversary of the treble winning season.