Cape Town - Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
admits it will take a big performance to overturn the 3-1 deficit following the
defeat to Manchester City.
United were hoping to build up some kind of advantage in
Carabao Cup semi-final first-leg clash, but it was Pep Guardiola's side who put
themselves in the box seat to make the final.
Marcus Rashford's goal may have given them a lifeline, but
City will still be the hot favourites to go through to face either Leicester
City or Aston Villa.
The England striker's 70th-minute goal does give them some
hope for the second leg though having been out-played and out-thought by
Guardiola and his side in a first half which brought goals for Bernardo Silva,
Riyad Mahrez and an own goal from Andreas Pereira.
United won in the league at the Etihad a month ago but on
the basis of their performance at Old Trafford - 45 minutes which Solskjaer
described as the worst of his reign - they will have to considerably improve if
they are to stand a chance of making it to Wembley on March 1.
"Of course, it is a difficult task we have in front of
us but that second half at least gave us something to hang on to," he
"From the first goal until half-time we just couldn't
cope with the setback, we were running in between, we let them play, our heads
dropped, made decisions we shouldn't do and that needed sorting at half-time
and I think the second half was a good response."
United have shown they can turnaround first-leg deficits in
the past when they lost 2-0 at home to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions
League last season before going through in the French capital.
Solskjaer admits it is a steep mountain to climb at the
Etihad Stadium but believes his players have what it takes to do it.
- TeamTalk Media