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'The first half was the worst we’ve played': Ole Gunnar Solskjaer questions the 'pride' of his players after capitulation in the Carabao Cup semi-final The Norwegian admitted Man United have a ‘mountain to climb’ to reach the final Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told his squad to take pride in the shirt at half-time  Manchester City scored three goals in 21 minutes before the half-time break Bernardo Silva, Riyad Mahrez and an Andreas Pereira own goal settled the night

By Jack Gaughan for MailOnline

Published: 23:07 GMT, 7 January 2020 | Updated: 23:22 GMT, 7 January 2020

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer questioned the mentality of his 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

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer questioned the mentality of his 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

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

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