Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes Manchester United's semi-final loss to Chelsea in the FA Cup will inspire them when they face Sevilla on Sunday.
United have enjoyed impressive runs in cup competitions this season, but have come short in the Carabao Cup and FA Cup, dropping out in the semi-finals against Manchester City and Chelsea respectively.
They have managed to reach another last-four stage, this time in the Europa League, and Solskjaer believes they will be motivated to make it into the finals.
“We’ve had two semi-finals before but we want to go to the next step,” the boss insisted during an interview with MUTV’s Stewart Gardner. “Reaching semi-finals is a good effort, decent, but it’s not good enough for Man United.
“The team has been developing and getting more and more hungry, and let’s make sure that hurt that we felt in the two other cups we went out of can maybe be the marginal difference, in that we want it more than them.
“When I lose a game or lose at something you don’t want that feeling again so I would think they’re ready for Sunday.”
The Norwegian also picked out mental strength as a key ingredient in such matches, adding that it could be the difference.
“Physically we’re fine, all the teams have played many games anyway. Now it’s about who is mentally strongest,” he explained. “You can look at the opponent and know they’re tired but you want them feeling more tired than you.
United face the Spanish side for the first time since they dumped them out of the Champions League in 2018.
It will however be a one-legged match as opposed to the usual home-and-away format, as both European competitions are played in a mini-tournament.
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