Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists Manchester United’s semi-final curse is not a psychological issue.

The Red Devils were dumped out of the Carabao Cup after defeat in the last four at the hands of rivals Manchester City.

It comes following three semi-final defeats last campaign with Solskjaer yet to reach a final as United boss.

Though the Norwegian, who saw his side beaten thanks to goals from John Stones and Fernandinho, insists the problem is not a mental one.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Solskjaer said: "Manchester City can score many great goals. You can accept that. When you concede two simple set-plays, it's very disappointing. Just not good enough in those moments.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is yet to reach a final as manager of Man Utd
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is yet to reach a final as manager of Man Utd

"We didn't create enough big chances. They didn't either. We didn't have the extra finesse we've had in the games lately. We weren't good enough today.

"We played against a very good Manchester City team. They played well.

“When they play well you have to play very well to beat them. We were just lacking that little bit.

“When you lose against an opponent you have to say they deserve it, but we are getting closer.

Manchester United were dumped out of the Carabao Cup after losing to Manchester City
Manchester United were dumped out of the Carabao Cup after losing to Manchester City

“This is a much better version of Man Utd compared to last year in those semi-finals. That's a positive, but it's not enough."

“It's not psychological [losing in semi-finals]. Sometimes you meet good teams in semis and we just didn't have enough. We met probably the best team in England at the minute and for me we just didn't have enough today.

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"We wanted to go to a final and we wanted to look forward to it because it would have given us an extra boost.

“But it's not going to happen and we've got to dust ourselves off and use tonight to get the disappointment away, because on Saturday we've got the FA Cup, then some big league games against Burnley and Liverpool.

“Then within a month the Europa League is back. There's lots to play for."