Man United lose another semi-final
Manchester United’s 2019/20 campaign drew to a close in devastating fashion on Sunday evening.
The Red Devils were taking on Sevilla in the first of the two 2019/20 Europa League semi-final clashes with Inter Milan and Shakhtar Donetsk set to face off on Monday evening.
This was United’s third semi-final of the campaign and like the previous two, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men were unable to deliver the goods.
The tie started off pretty well with a typical Bruno Fernandes penalty firing Man United into the lead inside nine minutes.
Sevilla would pull one back 26 minutes in via Suso.
The Manchester powerhouse did have a plethora of chances to regain their lead at the start of the second half, but were unable to do so.
United were then left to rue some missed chances when some pretty poor defending allowed Luuk de Jong to hand Sevilla the lead 12 minutes from time.
Highlights: Manchester United 1-Sevilla 2
Solskjaer wants a stronger squad
After crashing out of the Europa League, Man United’s lack of quality squad depth has once again been highlighted.
This is not the first time this issue has been apparent in recent months though.
Solskjaer relied on pretty much the same starting eleven for the end of the Premier League campaign, with his subs bench simply not up to par.
This led to some players looking fatigued and not being at the best.
It was also quite clear on Sunday that Solskjaer didn’t trust his bench to help get United back into the tie, with the Norwegian not making a sub until the 87th minute.
Now, speaking post-Sevilla, Solskjaer has stated that Man United need to strengthen their squad depth:
“They [the players] need to keep improving, keep doing what they’ve done every single day and they’ve worked so hard, with the right attitude and mentality.
“We need to strengthen the squad depth because it’s going to be a long season. We’re going to keep pushing and keep demanding more of the players that we have, but still, we’re looking to improve and it’s a strange one. The league starts very quickly, but then the [transfer] market is open for so long. So we’ve got to be both good, smart and clever.
“It’s only going to be a couple of weeks rest until we get going again. We have to dust ourselves down, make sure that we are ready and fresh to go.”
Quotes via Sky Sports News.