McGreal positive despite U’s Carabao Cup exit

Manchester United 3-0 Colchester United – Reaction

COLCHESTER UNITED boss, John McGreal, was hugely proud of his Colchester United side, despite seeing their Carabao Cup campaign ended at Old Trafford.

Three goals in ten second-half minutes killed the contest – Marcus Rashford, a Ryan Jackson own-goal and one from Anthony Martial sending Manchester United through to the last four where they’ll face local rivals, Manchester City over two legs.

“I’m really proud of the players,” McGreal enthused.

“When we saw the teamsheet, we were quite surprised, to be honest. We were expecting a couple more of the younger boys to come into it, that they’ve been introducing in the league.

“When you see a big fully loaded team like that, you do then think – wow, this is big football now.

“We stuck to the game plan and the idea was to frustrate them and to close the gaps, in front of the four – I thought we did that to a man, really.”

McGreal continued: “We gave away territory and possession but I was really proud of the first-half performance. We had opportunities to counter in the first half and I just felt that we didn’t take them. We needed to take more of the ball and that’s what happened.”

Meanwhile, United chief, Ole Gunnar Solskear, said: “We created enough chances in the first half to put it to bed.

“If we had kept playing like the first half I would have been happy but in the second half we were miles worse, we didn’t make as many good decisions but we scored the goals.”

Brian Jeeves

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