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United must forget City loss: Solskjaer

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says his side has to “dust off” their League Cup semi-final defeat to Manchester City as they prepare to start their bid for another trophy in the FA Cup third round.

United lost a fourth consecutive semi-final as City went through to April’s Wembley showpiece with a 2-0 win at Old Trafford.

But now Solskjaer insists that disappointment should be forgotten when they host Watford on Saturday.

“We wanted the (League Cup) final to look forward to and that would have given us an extra boost,” Solskjaer said.

“But it is not happening and then you have to dust it off and use the night to get the disappointment away. It is allowed for an hour or so to be very disappointed before you go to bed but then you wake up tomorrow morning, with something to look forward to.”

City will play Birmingham on Sunday and Pep Guardiola says he “will analyse” the fitness of Gabriel Jesus and Kyle Walker after both have recovered from the coronavirus.

All Premier League teams start their FA Cup schedules in this round, which begins on Friday and top flight champions Liverpool will have a chance for revenge against Aston Villa at Villa Park.

Dean Smith’s Villans thrashed Juergen Klopp’s men 7-2 on their last visit to the midlands in October.

Liverpool meanwhile have failed to score in their last two fixtures, which Klopp admits is a cause for concern.

“Of course we worry about it,” he said after Monday’s 1-0 defeat at Southampton.

“They are football problems; yes, we are worried about that but football problems you solve with football and that’s what we are working on. And that’s all our fault – mainly my fault but the boys had a hand in as well. We have to change that.”

Wolverhampton Wanderers play Crystal Palace on Friday before Newcastle and defending champions Arsenal meet on Saturday in the round’s other all-Premier League ties.

Other ties involving Premier League squads include, Leicester travelling to Stoke, Everton hosting Rotherham United, a London derby between Fulham and Queens Park Rangers with Burnley beginning life under new owner Alan Pace’s ALK Capital against Milton Keynes Dons.

The FA Cup is renowned for producing upsets from smaller sides against the elite clubs and that could happen on Sunday.

Another semi-professional team called Marine, based in Liverpool, will welcome Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur.

Fourth-tier League Two sides Morecambe and Crawley Town play Chelsea and Leeds United respectively.

Welsh outfit Newport County, who reached the fifth round in 2019, start against Brighton & Hove Albion on Sunday and on Monday fifth-tier club Stockport County take on West Ham United.

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