Paul Merson aims Jose Mourinho dig at Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after Chelsea beat Manchester United

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Manchester United were knocked out of the FA Cup by Chelsea
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United were knocked out of the FA Cup by Chelsea (Picture: Getty)

Paul Merson has slammed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer over Manchester United’s team selection against Chelsea and says Jose Mourinho would never play a weakened side in a FA Cup semi-final.

Solskjaer made a number of changes for United’s clash against Chelsea at Wembley, with Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood all starting from the bench in the 3-1 defeat.

The Red Devils have two important Premier League matches coming up as they chase a top-four place but Merson was nevertheless ‘flabbergasted’ by Solskjaer’s team selection.

He told Sky Sports: ‘It’s clear that Manchester United’s next two league games are more important than the FA Cup semi-final. More important than winning a trophy. I cannot catch my breath.

‘If that’s Jose Mourinho, he is playing his strongest team. You win trophies. You are judged on trophies!

‘Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has to win something! If he wins the FA Cup it’s massive for him! There are only a few trophies he can win in a season!

‘This is on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. He’s not going to be manager at Manchester United for the next 15 years, is he? Sooner or later when he goes on a bad run he’s going to be out of a job.

‘That’s football now. When you lose games, you’re out. If he loses his job and he has an FA Cup, he has an unbelievable CV!

‘If Mourinho was in United’s position yesterday, knowing he has Arsenal in the final, he plays his strongest possible team.’

Arsenal legend Merson added: ‘At the end of his career, Mourinho can say: “I won this, this, this, this, this, this and this. Oh, and this and this.”

‘There won’t be an asterisks next to one FA Cup which says: “Oh, that year we finished fifth instead of fourth.” It’s all about trophies!

‘I was flabbergasted at his team selection. I couldn’t believe it.’

Manchester United face West Ham on Wednesday evening before travelling to top-four rivals Leicester City on the final day of the season.

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