Not charmed with ‘flat' United

The Citizen (KZN) - - Internatio­nal - Lon­don

– Mar­cus Rash­ford ad­mits Manch­ester United’s woe­ful first-half dis­play in their League Cup loss to Manch­ester City was well be­low the ex­pected stan­dards.

Ole Gun­nar Sol­sk­jaer’s side were com­pletely out­classed in the first 45 min­utes of their 3-1 League Cup semi­fi­nal first leg de­feat on Tues­day.

City scored three times at Old Traf­ford to leave United’s Wem­b­ley hopes in tat­ters be­fore Rash­ford got one back af­ter the in­ter­val.

Rash­ford knows it was an un­ac­cept­able dis­play be­fore the in­ter­val and he con­ceded they must learn from the ex­pe­ri­ence when they face ri­vals City in the sec­ond leg.

“We were way off the tempo. They changed a lit­tle bit and brought more play­ers deeper than the last time we played against them,” Rash­ford said.

“On the pitch we have to adapt. We have to try to con­trol the sit­u­a­tion bet­ter than the way we did.

“The first half wasn’t a Man United per­for­mance but the sec­ond half we showed char­ac­ter and courage and it was more like us.

“Those key mo­ments, we have to learn to con­trol them bet­ter than we have done this sea­son.

“We’ll learn from it but it’s not go­ing to keep us down.

“We’re go­ing to put it be­hind us and the best way to do that is by win­ning the next game.”

Con­sis­tency has been a prob­lem for United, with three de­feats in their last six matches, but Rash­ford be­lieves they have shown they can com­pete with their top-six ri­vals.

Only a month ago they beat City in the Premier League and Rash­ford in­sists there is noth­ing wrong with United’s fighting spirit. – AFP

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