London - Nemanja Matic says
Manchester United must not blow their bid for a Premier League top-four
finish after they were dumped out of the FA Cup in their second
consecutive defeat under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Saturday's 2-1 FA
Cup quarter-final defeat at Wolves followed a 2-0 loss in the Premier
League Arsenal last week, the first league reverse under the Norwegian
Fifth-placed United are just a point ahead of Chelsea and
two points adrift of Arsenal after Solskjaer turned the season around
following the sacking of Jose Mourinho, winning 14 of his 19 games and
taking them to the Champions League quarter-finals.
But Matic knows United must not let the top four slip away.
have to give our best now to reach the top four. We cannot let it go
like this. We are not happy with the game," he said after the Molineux
"We will analyse everything. There is a lot to play for.
We have eight games to play in the Premier League and we are fighting
for the top four.
"We have the Champions League as well. We will
see what we are able to do and how much quality we have. We have to
learn from this type of game."
Marcus Rashford scored an injury-time consolation after Raul Jimenez and Diogo Jota had put Wolves 2-0 up in the second half.
Solskjaer said it was the worst performance of his reign but Matic expects the boss to put it right.
"I am sure he (Solskjaer) will turn this situation around and we will do better," he said.
the international break we will see. The first game back after a break
is always difficult, especially for a team who has so many players away
in the national teams. Almost everybody at United is on duty.
spoke after the game and said we have to be focused for the next one and
stick together and get the top four, which is the main target for us.
"I want Ole to stay. He is a great manager, very positive and the club will decide."