Carabao Cup: Solskjaer delivers strong warning to Man Utd players ahead of Man City clash

Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, insists his players have improved “immensely” since their three semi-final defeats last season.

Solskjaer was speaking ahead of their Carabao Cup semi-final clash against Manchester City on Wednesday.

United are in good form heading into the one-legged semi-final at Old Trafford, having won eight of their past 10 Premier League games.

Solskjaer admits his United side are in a confident mood and have “no excuses” as they look to brush off the disappointment of semi-final exits in the Carabao Cup, FA Cup and Europa League last season.

He said: “The next game is always important. Of course the semi-final is a chance to get to the final and get your hands on a trophy in the next round. For this team it would be a very, very big step, getting your hands on a trophy.

“We’ve developed a lot in the last six, 12 months, from the last semi in the Carabao Cup. It’s not just learning to win semis, we’ve also earned the right to feel we can go all the way.

“With our performances we are confident, we’re going into the game in good form, so there’s no excuses.

“You play football to win trophies, even though when you win that trophy you move on to the next one. It gives you the hunger to get more. The squad is focused, we’re ready to give it a go. We’ve prepared well for this game.”