By Jack Gaughan for MailOnline
Published: 23:07 GMT, 7 January 2020 | Updated: 23:22 GMT, 7 January 2020
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer questioned the mentality of his Manchester United stars after a first-half capitulation against bitter rivals Manchester City.
The Norwegian admitted United have a ‘mountain to climb’ if they are to reach the Carabao Cup final after going down 3-1 in last night’s first leg.
Solskjaer told his squad to take pride in the shirt during a half-time dressing down after City scored three goals in 21 minutes before the break.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer questioned the mentality of his Manchester United stars on Tuesday
Bernardo Silva, Riyad Mahrez and an Andreas Pereira own goal looked to have taken the tie away from United before Marcus Rashford later gave them a lifeline.
‘The first half, from their first goal, was the worst we’ve played,’ Solskjaer said. ‘Pride is a word you speak about at half-time.
‘It’s natural that your head goes down but we have to get back into the mentality quicker. It can’t be me at half-time.
‘Make sure you win the second half and you’re still in the tie. It’s a difficult task ahead of us. Even though it is a steep mountain to climb we can still climb it.
Bernardo Silva gave City the perfect start on Tuesday night after emphatically firing home
‘We’ve got a young team. We’re still learning. These experiences will stick. The second half gives me