(Reuters) – Manchester United must "earn the right" to win the Wolverhampton Wanderers in the FA Cup on Saturday after failing against Wolves in the quarter-finals of last season's tournament, coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said on Friday.
Manchester United coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after the REUTERS / Toby Melville game
United lost 1-0 at Molineux and Solskjaer is expecting his first win after beating Nuno Espirito Santo 2-1 last season.
"It is the fourth time in my time and we have not won there yet. It is a difficult place. Liverpool lost there last season and Manchester City just lost there," said Solskjaer at a press conference.
"You have good players, a good manager who has time to play his way, his philosophy. The players get to know each other and trade between 3-5-2 and 3-4-3. They seem to know every detail. We face a hard night.
"We have to earn the right to win there. We have to play well, perform well and do well because we want a reaction after losing to Arsenal."
Record-breaking Paul Pogba, who missed the 2-0 loss to Arsenal, has to undergo an ankle operation and has to take a break of up to four weeks with Solskjaer.
"Now it starts again – FA Cup third round and you are talking about Paul. He came back after a break, played two games, had a reaction and couldn't go to Burnley, ”said Solskjaer.
"We did a scan. It is not the same injury … you always consult your own doctors … you want the best second opinion. The advice was to have it done. It won't be a big one, probably three or four weeks. "
Midfielder Scott McTominay has to put up with a lengthy period after suffering knee ligament damage in the win over Newcastle United last month. Solskjaer said, however, that he would not overpay his reinforcement in the January transfer window.
"We're still looking … we have our goals. If they're available, we want to do it. If the right ones aren't there for the right money, we can't."
Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Edited by Nick Macfie