Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says his Manchester United team face another ‘big game’ after drawing rivals Manchester City in the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup.
Man United booked their place in the final-four after beating Premier League rivals Everton 2-0, while holders Man City smashed struggling Arsenal 4-1.
In the other semi-final tie, Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham face Championship side Brentford, who knocked out Newcastle United earlier in the week.
The semi-finals will be played in the week commencing 4 January 2021, with the ties played over single-legs instead of the usual two-legged affairs.
United and City met in the semi-finals stage last season over two legs, with Pep Guardiola’s side winning the first leg 3-1 and progressing to the final despite losing the second 1-0.
Solskjaer is desperate to win his first trophy as Manchester United manager but knows his team face a test against holders and arch-rivals Man City.
He said: ‘A semi-final is sometimes worse than the final because it’s the worst possible time to lose a game and go out of the competition.
‘It is Manchester City again in the semis, so it is going to be another big game.
‘Last season we didn’t take a step far enough, we had the three semis and didn’t take that step. This year, let’s see how we fare.
‘I think you can see how much we have grown though. The longer games last you can see us grow, and that is a big difference in us.
‘We will face City and keep our feet on the ground and try to improve. We are in a good place at the moment, but we don’t get carried away.’
Manchester United captain Harry Maguire, meanwhile, has urged his team-mates to go one step further than last season and reach the final.
‘We play for Manchester United, we’re expected to win trophies,’ the England star said.
‘We got to three semi-finals last year, this year we’ve reached our first semi-final in our first competition.
‘It’s important to reach these big games, but we need to now start winning the big games, like the semi-finals and lift trophies for this club.‘
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