Paul Merson admits he is “flabbergasted” by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s Manchester United team selection in their 3-1 defeat by Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-final.

Manchester United made several changes to their line-up for the clash at Wembley on Sunday, bringing in Eric Bailly, Fred and Daniel James, while Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood all started on the bench, as they chase a top four spot with two vital games of the Premier League season remaining.


But Merson can’t believe Solskjaer neglected the chance of adding a trophy to his CV, and says if Jose Mourinho was in that position, he’d have played a full-strength side.

‘You Are Judged On Trophies!’

It’s clear that Man Utd’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 Man Utd’s position yesterday, knowing he has Arsenal in the final, he plays his strongest possible team.

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.

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