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‘We played much better than the result shows’

Our Emirates FA Cup journey came to an end at the hands of Manchester United on Friday night.

Alexis and Jesse Lingard scored in quick succession and despite Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang pulling one back, Anthony Martial struck late on to condemn us to defeat.
 
Petr Cech spoke to us after the game. Here’s what he said:
 
on the result…
Well it’s a disappointment, because we played much better than the result shows. Obviously they created some counter-attacking situations and they punished us from that. You can see they are full of confidence, and that’s why when they arrive in the last third, they choose the right options to finish their actions. At 2-1 I thought we were back in the game. In the second half we had some chances early on but unfortunately we couldn’t get the equaliser. Then it was the same story - they had a counter-attack and a goal.
 
on what the difference between the teams was…
They took their chances and we didn’t. That was the difference in the game. We are disappointed with that because we wanted to win again after a big win against Chelsea. It wasn’t to be.
 
on if Man United look a different side under Solskjaer…
When you win games, you get a lot of confidence. They had their own problems - their fortune has changed and they’ve started to win games. They play with freedom, confidence and they are winning games.
 
on if he knows what happened to Papa and Laurent…
No, I didn’t have a chance. We hope they can recover quickly because we need them. We play Tuesday and we need everyone back fit. Hopefully they won’t be injured for long.

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