Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said that the preparation and strength in totality will be needed by Manchester United to win the FA Cup in finals. On Saturday the Red Devils moved into the semi-finals against a 10 man Norwich. His team had to give in their tooth and nail to be in semi-finals and would have been difficult if skipper Harry Maguire hadn’t hit a goal in extra time at Carrow Road.
The opening goal of Odion Ighalo was leveled out by Norwich’s Todd Cantwell. A blow hit the Norwich side when goalkeeper Timm Klose was shown out in the 89th minute.
Manchester United won the match against Norwich and defender Maguire made it to extend their unbeaten run to 14 games in all competitions. A 12th and most recent victory of Manchester United was the second in the last three years to reach semi-finals.
“I’m delighted to be in the last four. Many of these players did not play the last game and now have 90 or 120 minutes in their legs,” Solskjaer said.
“We made many changes so I didn’t make it easy for the players. The game was not the greatest spectacle but I felt we kept the ball ok.
“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.
“He is a proven goal scorer and played his part in both goals.”
Only Maguire, Luke Shaw, and Bruno Fernandes were from the midweek Premier League win against Sheffield United, rest the team was shuffled. Manchester United was hay wired for much of the first half. In an uncommon situation, Maguire had to stop Lukas Rupp’s shot with an alert block after Cantwell’s run unlocked the opposite team’s defense.
Solskjaer’s team became active in the 51st minute where Luke Shaw’s cross was supported by Juan Mata and Ighalo did not leave the opportunity to hit a goal. Despite Farke’s negative approach, Norwich had leveled the scores when Ben Godfrey reached out to Alexander Tettey’s header from Emiliano Buendia’s free-kick.
In the 75th minute of the game, Norwich Cantwell’s 20-yard strike converted into a goal by dodging keeper Sergio Romero. It was as if Norwich was about to win the game. Krul made some good saves for United substitutes Paul Pogba and Mason Greenwood in a frantic finale.
United Manchester became the first team in the football cup to make six changes in the same game. There are five subs allowed since the lockdown. The additional one was given to teams who go to extra time in the FA Cup. The extra time was all about Red Devils with Marcus Rashford’s strike was pushed over by Krul.
This was a goal saved and an even better save was to stop Maguire’s header. In the 118th minute, Maguire made a goal leading the team with the victory.
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