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must become 'addicted to winning' again, like they were under Sir Alex Ferguson, insists Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as he urges his side to go 'one step further' and reach Carabao Cup final by beating rivals City Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has quietly turned around fortunes at     United are top of the table and meet Man City in the Carabao Cup semi-final  Solskjaer has said his players must have 'no excuses' as he eyes first silverware  The Norwegian says winning trophies 'becomes a drug' for the players 

By Chris Wheeler for the Daily Mail

Published: 22:32 GMT, 5 January 2021 | Updated: 00:04 GMT, 6 January 2021

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A year ago this Thursday, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer saw his team ripped apart in the first leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final by a rampant Manchester City at Old Trafford.

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City were three up by half-time and 3-1 victors on the night. won the second leg 1-0 at the Etihad, but there was no way back. They went out on aggregate and City went on to win this competition for the third year in a row.

It was the start of a depressing trend for a United side that also lost in the semi-finals of the FA Cup and Europa League to Chelsea and Sevilla last season.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is riding a high with Manchester United and now eyes his first trophy

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is riding a high with and now eyes his first trophy

Solskjaer wants his side to become 'addicted to winning' like United under Sir Alex Ferguson

Solskjaer wants his side to become 'addicted to winning' like United under Sir Alex Ferguson

For Solskjaer, a serial winner in his playing days, that was hard to stomach. He believes United are better now then they were then. Better equipped to face City and with a better chance of reaching a final at last.

He will find out on Wednesday when the two teams meet again at Old Trafford in what will be a one-legged affair this time.

Solskjaer knows how important that first trophy and the drug of success could be for his players. His message to them on Tuesday was clear: no excuses.

'We want to go one step further,' he said.

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'I speak from my own experience. When I won the first league at Man United, it becomes a drug celebrating with your teammates on the pitch with a trophy. It becomes a thing. You become addicted

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