Cape Town - Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes his
charges need to step up their game when they meet Manchester City in the
Carabao Cup semi-finals.
Having edged past Rochdale and shocked Chelsea, the Red
Devils overcame League Two side Colchester, the lowest-ranked side left in the
competition, on Wednesday evening.
The Essex side made the quarter-final harder than the 3-0
scoreline suggested, with Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial scoring either
side of Ryan Jackson's own goal in a one-sided second half.
United's reward is a January double-header against Pep
Guardiola's City - a side Solskjaer's men secured a superb 2-1 win at on
"Fantastic days in Manchester," the 1999 treble
hero said with a smile, reflecting on the semi-final draw.
"Of course, we do really respect them and, as I said
after the game at the derby last time, it's, in my opinion, the best team in
"They can out football you, so we need to get our game
heads on and be ready for them again.
"But we've shown them that we can cause them problems,
so I think they'll be two fantastic games."
Rashford and Martial scored in a thrilling first half at the
Etihad Stadium earlier in December, when United's counter-attacking prowess was
"We've looked at that game and, yeah, we're very
pleased with the result and parts of that game," Solskjaer said.
"There are things we need to do so much better. The
first 10 minutes, I was like you close your eyes and you think 'we've just got
to hang in there'.
"We've got to stamp our authority more on them. There's
not many that can do but we have to aim for that, and we have to strive for
"I don't think you'll beat City twice in a row or three
times with the same tactics.
"So, we'll have to try to do something better than we
did last time I think because I am sure Pep will definitely have his team fired