Manchester United manager, Ole Solskjaer has affirmed the Red Devils are eager to battle bitter-rivals, Chelsea once again as both sides prepare for FA Cup showdown.
Ole Solskjaer insisted after yesterday victory against Palace that his boys are ‘raring’ to go head to head with FA Cup semi final opponents, Chelsea.
Both sides are generally known as bitter-rivals for a very long time now and the coming game would be considered more than just FA Cup semis as the Blues also look to avenge the recent past humiliations they bagged during the last games with United.
Although, Ole Solskjaer had earlier on cried out on the lesser rest time his boys got compared to that of their opponents, the Norwegian after seeing Martial and Marcus Rashford fire the Red Devils to same points with Leicester City has affirmed his team are ‘raring’ to battle Blues.
“We’re fine, we’re fit and the players are raring to go, want to play again,” Solskjaer said in a news conference.Embed from Getty Images
“Of course, anyone can hold their hands up at any moment and say, ‘I want to sit out this one’.
“We’ve got players on the bench desperate to join in, but it was forced with Brandon [Williams] and Luke [Shaw] not being available today.
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“Timothy [Fosu-Mensah] did great and Scott [McTominay] has been fantastic. He took a shift for Nemanja [Matic].
“We’ve got the players who’ve had the chance over this period to take players off, being three goals up in many games after 60 minutes. We’ve been fortunate in that respect.”Embed from Getty Images
United are now just a point behind Chelsea in the Premier League as having drew with Southampton in the preceding fixture before Palace’s victory hasn’t deteriorated their hope for the top 4 place.
The win over Palace yesterday placed them at same points with 4th placed Leicester City with just two games left and the Foxes being one of the two, United still can get hold of the top 4 should Chelsea or Leicester slip but most importantly, United need all 6 points for a comfortable qualification.
“It is a tight game and didn’t get the rhythm in our passing but two fantastic goals won it for us,” he told BBC Sport as he shared excitement.
“Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial are enjoying themselves, when they go out onto the pitch for a shift, they go out with a smile and they defend each other too.
“We need to smile and go into this, we have earned this right, no-one thought in January that we would be in with a shout for top four. We have done fantastic since the restart.
“These are the games that matter. That is the thing at Manchester United, you have to step up and show your personality.”