Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists Manchester City are still ‘the best team in England’ after being drawn to face their city rivals in the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup.
Manchester United booked their place in the last four courtesy of a 3-0 victory over Colchester at Old Trafford on Wednesday night, goals from Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and a Ryan Jackson own goal securing the club’s passage to the next round.
The club will now face a two-legged Manchester derby semi-final tie with Man City, and despite the League Cup holders current struggles this season, Solskjaer is anticipating a difficult contest.
Pep Guardiola‘s side won a domestic treble last season but have struggled to replicate that form so far this season, falling 14 points adrift of Liverpool in the title race following an indifferent start to the campaign.
Despite that form, however, Solskjaer says their rivals remain the team to beat and ahead of next year’s semi-final meeting insists Pep Guardiola’s side are still the ‘best team in England’.
“It will be two fantastic days in Manchester. We really respect them and they are still the best team in England,” said Solskjaer.
“We need to get our game heads on and be ready, but we have already shown them this season that we can cause them problems.
“We want to win every trophy we can and we have a chance.”
United beat Man City earlier this month, with Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial netting in what was a blistering display of counter-attacking football at the Etihad.
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