Manchester United are playing confidently and should be able to win the League Cup, and there will be no excuses if they fail to beat Manchester City in Wednesday's semi-final, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said on Tuesday.
"We've developed in the last 12 months since the last semi-final in the League Cup so it's not just learning to win semi-finals," Solskjaer told reporters.
"We've also earned the right to feel we can go all the way with our performances. We're confident, in good form, so there's no excuses.
Conte open to taking Manchester United job - reports
You play to win trophies - it gives you the hunger to win more. The squad is focused and ready to give it a go.
'There's no excuses' - Solskjaer says Man Utd can end semi-final woes
United were held to a goalless draw at home by City in their league game last month, and Solskjaer attributed that to City manager Pep Guardiola switching to a more counter-attacking formation which he reverted to in their 3-1 win at Chelsea.
"You never know what system he's going to come up with but you've got to defend well. It's hard to keep the ball in their half - we have to be brave, compact, trust the players, play out of their press," Solskjaer said.
"We've found that balance."
Like Lampard, Solskjaer is a reminder of the dangers of appointing former players
The time has come for Man Utd to cut Solskjaer loose - The Warm-Up