Midfielder Paul Pogba says that playing for Manchester United will “never be easy” after their latest semi-final defeat on Wednesday.
United made it a quartet of last-four exits in 12 months with the 2-0 Carabao Cup loss to Manchester City.
Indeed, boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has now lost more semi-finals than Sir Alex Ferguson did in 26 years at Old Traffford.
Speaking to MUTV, France international Pogba admitted that it will be “difficult” to overcome their latest setback.
However, with the Red Devils on a 10-match unbeaten Premier League streak, he urged his teammates not to dwell on Wednesday’s result.
“There is no time to be disappointed for a week because we know where we are,” the 27-year-old said.
“We are in a good position now. We don’t have time to be disappointed. We don’t have the time. We will get through this and we will go again.
“It is difficult and it is going to be difficult, and you learn from these games. It is going to hopefully help us to get through, to get better and to have a positive result in the next games.”
Pogba added that, despite their latest setback, United remain focused on winning the big silverware.
“Football and playing for Man United is not easy, it will never be easy, but it makes the victory prettier and more beautiful when we get through a tough time, then we get through this,” he said.
“It is beautiful and you get the emotion. That is all we want. That is what the fan wants, that is what the team wants, everyone wants this.
“The club is built on winning and big things, so that is all we want to get – the big stuff.”
Pogba points to Man Utd progress
After a first half featuring a few chances for either side, defender John Stones put City in front after 50 minutes.
And despite a United fightback, Fernandinho provided the sucker-punching second goal to send the Citizens to a fourth-straight Carabao Cup final.
Pogba, though, said that he has seen signs of a Red Devils improvement.
“We are improving. Last year they [City] were obviously more dominant and they dominated us,” he added.
“We are improving in the league and, even though we lost in the semi-final, we are still going far and that is what we want – but now it is about details. It is good to improve but we have to go to the next step now, all of us.”
United return to action next Tuesday when they can go top of the Premier League above Liverpool with victory over Burnley. After that, they travel to Anfield next Sunday.
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