Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singles out one Man Utd star after Copenhagen win

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Juan Mata for praise after the Red Devils booked their place in the Europa League semi-finals.

The Spaniard was brought on for extra-time against a stubborn Copenhagen side but he helped to break the deadlock by setting up Anthony Martial, who was fouled in the box which resulted in Bruno Fernandes scoring from the spot.

Mata provided two assists in a 2-1 win against LASK last Tuesday but he was benched against Copenhagen and was understandably frustrated not to be involved from the start.

Solskjaer alluded to Mata’s disappointment afterwards but heaped praise on the veteran for his professionalism and ‘great influence’.

‘You saw when he came on he’s so composed, calm,’ said Solskjaer.

‘He can pick a pass. He is such a great influence in the dressing room. I can just commend him for his professionalism.

‘Of course he is disappointed he has not played more’.

United will face either Sevilla or Wolves in the next round, with the two teams facing each other tomorrow night.

The Red Devils last won the competition in 2017 and their progress to the last four means Solskjaer has guided United to three semi-finals this term.

However, they were knocked out in both the FA Cup and Carabao Cup earlier this season so the Norwegian will be hoping they can go one better this time.

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