Manchester United coach, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has disclosed that Chelsea defeated the Red Devils 3-1 in the FA Cup semi-final fixture on Sunday night because his team ‘lost concentration’ during the match.
He also criticised defender, Victor Lindelof, for his part in Chelsea striker, Olivier Giroud’s goal in the first half.
Giroud opened the scoring before half time as he eluded Lindelof and darted towards the front post to finish past goalkeeper, David De Gea.
Mason Mount doubled the lead for Chelsea in the second half after De Gea failed to keep out the midfielder’s low long-range shot.
Harry Maguire’s own goal completed a miserable evening for Solskjaer’s side before Bruno Fernandes scored a late consolation goal for United.
But Solskjaer believes United’s defeat against Frank Lampard’s side was disappointing.
“You know Olivier Giroud’s movement, you know he goes to the near post, and we should defend that better,” Solskjaer told BBC Sport.
“We are a little too late in those situations, and the second goal was very avoidable.
“Of course, coming in at the half time with the goal after that long lay off was a big blow for us. We lost concentration, and that was disappointing.” He added:
“Chelsea had an extra 48 hours, that is just a fact, but it is no excuse, I can’t use excuses. ‘It’s what it is. We would rather have the semi to play than not. I won’t make a fuss out of that.”