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Solskjaer ‘delighted’ Man Utd reaches quarter-final of Europa League after Copenhagen clash

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he is “delighted” that his side has made it through to the Europa League semi-finals.

United squeezed through Bruno Fernandes’ penalty to the last four in extra time on Tuesday, in a game that the Red Devils deserved to win.

Solskjaer ‘s men had goals ruled out for offside either side of half-time but aside from that, Copenhagen goalkeeper Karl Karl-Johan Johnsson ‘s brilliant effort kept United at bay a little longer.

Speaking to BT Sport after the clash with Copenhagen, Solskjaer hailed Johnsson’s performance but added he was “delighted” to see his side on the winning side.

“It’s the third time this season we have been to a semi-final so we are delighted to get through,” the manager said. “We deserved it, their keeper was unbelievable and we hit the post a few times.

“Let them earn chances and we knew we’d get chances. Anthony, Marcus, Bruno, Mason, Paul will always create chances in every game.

“It could have been one of those nights that you end up with a shootout. We had to block, defend well and they made it hard for us.

“They were well organised with a game plan. I knew they would be hard to break down so it was about patience, don’t make mistakes, don’t give them opportunities that we don’t have to.

We knew we would get chances, our attackers will always create chances.”

Fernandes made a slight adjustment to his usual penalty routine, choosing not to stutter before firing the decisive strike past Copenhagen.

Solskjaer said: “He knows keepers will wait for him to do the jump.

“He practices both of them [run-ups] and he practices both sides, so he’s got them sorted.”

Manchester United will face either of Wolves or Sevilla in the last four, after their clash on Tuesday.

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