Solskjaer says Man Utd must strengthen squad after Europa exit

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he needs to strengthen his Manchester United side ahead of next season following Sunday's Europa League ouster.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer consoles his players after their Europa League semifinal defeat to Sevilla.   -  Reuters

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said that he plans to strengthen his squad ahead of next season following a 2-1 defeat to Sevilla in the Europa League semifinal in Cologne on Sunday.

Having already fallen twice at the semifinal stage in cup competitions this season, United was looking to go one better by reaching Friday's Europa League title clash.

And it looked to be on course to do just that after Bruno Fernandes converted their 22nd penalty of the season in the ninth minute in the RheinEnergieStadion.

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However, goals from Spanish winger Suso and former Newcastle United striker Luuk de Jong ensured five-time Europa League winners Sevilla will face either Inter Milan or Shakhtar Donetsk in the final, while ensuring United finish the season trophyless.

“I cannot say when or if transfers are going to be done, but we are looking at it,” Solskjaer said. “It is a quick turnaround (until the start of the new season). We just have to be 100 percent sure when we do those deals.

“The players worked so hard, showed the right mentality, but we need to strengthen the squad depth, of course. It will be a long season,” he added.

 

Missed chances cost United against Sevilla, whose goalkeeper Bono was in inspired form. Over the course of United's quarterfinal against FC Copenhagen and its semifinal on Sunday, the side had 46 shots but managed just two goals -- both penalties.

“The keeper's had a fantastic game,” Solskjaer added. “Of course its disappointing that we don't score. We know we have players who have the quality to score, but thats the game.

“When you don't take your chances, it is going to be hard,” he continued.

 

Sevilla has reached its sixth UEFA Cup/Europa League final - at least twice more than any other side in the history of the competition - with the victory over United taking it to 20 games unbeaten in all competitions.

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“This is the best Manchester United of the last few years and the form team in England, so it is normal that we had to suffer,” said Sevilla boss Julen Lopetegui.

“This was a team effort. If you beat a team like United in a semi-final, you have to do it as a unit. That's what we did tonight. I'm really proud of my team.

“We are very excited for the final, but it will be the hardest game yet and we have to prepare,” he added.

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