Nemanja Matic has labelled Manchester United’s performance ‘strange’ after the club booked their place in the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup with a 3-0 victory over Colchester at Old Trafford.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer celebrated a year in charge of the club with victory over the resilient League Two side, goals from Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and a Ryan Jackson own goal booking a Manchester derby meeting with Manchester City in the last four.
Colchester had previously conquered both Tottenham and Crystal Palace in the earlier rounds to reach this stage, and it would take Manchester United until the second half to break down their stubborn lower league opponents.
Rashford’s second half goal would break the deadlock and provide the platform for a comfortable victory, though Matic admits his side’s performance was ‘strange’ after struggling to score despite having more control in the first 45 minutes.
“As you saw it was a hard game for us,” Matic told Sky Sports.
”I think in the first half we played much better but in the second half we scored three goals, which is strange.
“In the first half we were in complete control in the second half they had one or two counter attacks which were dangerous but then we could also take advantage of the space.
“I’m more happy with the first half but in football you never know. I’m happy we are through and hope we can reach another final to win a trophy.”
United now return to Premier League action and their push towards a top four finish, the club currently four points adrift of the Champions League places ahead of this weekend’s trip to face Watford at Vicarage Road.