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United Manager, Ole Gunnar not happy.


Both Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes could easily have scored, had it not been for some impressive goalkeeping from Alisson.

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confessed he was disappointed to see his side fail to ask more questions of a makeshift Liverpool defence in Sunday’s 0-0 draw.


His team sat back and gifted Liverpool the vast majority of both the possession and the shots, although it was United who had the far better chances.

Alisson was the only regular at the heart of Liverpool’s defence, with midfielders Fabinho and Jordan Henderson deployed as centre-backs because of the team’s ongoing injury struggles, and Solskjaer felt as though his side should have done more to take advantage of that.

“I know we can play better, but we’re still coming away from here with a point which shows how far we’ve come in a year or even six months,” he said (via the club’s official website). “We didn’t impose ourselves on the game, especially in the first half.


“I think we grew into the game and towards the end you felt ‘yeah, it’s here for us to win’ and we created two massive chances and they were two brilliant saves by the keeper.

“I’ve got to be honest to say I’m a bit disappointed at the moment, but still you know you’re playing against a fantastic team and they had more of the possession. But still you want to go here and you know the injuries they’ve had lately, you think you go here and get a result. We didn’t, but a point might be okay if we win the next one.”

United struggled to keep hold of their possession and were wasteful with the ball, often mistiming passes to Marcus Rashford, whose total of five offside calls was the most of any player this season and the most of a United player since Robin van Persie’s six in January 2013.

“We can be more composed, we can have the ball more, we had to defend really often and I thought we gave the ball away too often,” Solskjaer continued.


“Maybe some moments we missed, when Marcus [Rashford] makes his runs in behind – maybe sometimes we don’t pass it every time he runs and sometimes we missed it when he should have had it. So a couple of things that we need to improve on.

“I wanted Marcus up top. Because of his pace. We just missed a few moments in both the first half and the second half to play that ball a little bit quicker or with a bit more quality. It was there that we could hurt them a bit because we knew about their problems at centre-back.”



Why I have no fear for sack – Ole Gunnar

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has called on the United hierarchy to stick to their long-term plan, claiming that sacking him isn’t the solution.

Solskjaer’s claims come after the Red Devils’ woeful 2-0 defeat at home to Burnley on Wednesday night, leaving them six points adrift of Chelsea in fourth and 33 points off Liverpool at the top of the Premier League table.

But despite their troubles this season, Solskjaer believes that getting rid of him isn’t the answer to the club’s problems, reiterating to the club about the importance of sticking to their long-term plan.

“When you start on something you stick to that plan,” the Norwegian said, as quoted by the Daily Express.

“I’m not going to change, six, nine or 10 months into the job and believe in a different way. I’m going to stick to what I’ve been trusted to do and hopefully, that’ll be good enough, that what we can see is right. All my conversations with the club have been positive.

“We can’t react to all the noise outside. There’ll be criticism, you’ve got to take it, you’ve got to e stronger mentally.

“I am, the club is, the staff are very strong mentally and we’re sticking to what we believe in. I’ve got full faith,” Solskjaer added.

Despite the clear deficiencies of Solskjaer, the United faithful are yet to vocalise their displeasure at the United legend, although their considerable annoyance at Ed Woodward’s and the Glazers’ running of the club was made clear during the Burnley defeat.

During the same press conference, the United manager went on to cite Jurgen Klopp and his building of an incredible Liverpool side as a reason not to get rid of him.

“You can see other teams have done well,” Solskjaer said. “Jurgen spent four years building his team and they’re doing well now, so it’s not going to be a quick fix, not eight or 10 players in the transfer window.

“We’ve had one proper transfer window and we are trying to do something now.”

Even if United struggle for the remainder of the campaign, it’s expected that the club will continue to back Solskjaer past the upcoming summer transfer window.