‘We are at the bottom of the rock’: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits that the humiliating loss to Liverpool is’ the darkest day ‘he has had as Manchester United manager, but promises to keep fighting as he insists that’ we are too close to surrender now ‘
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has admitted Manchester United are “on the floor” after a humiliating 5-0 loss to Liverpool at Old Trafford on Sunday.
United found themselves two down in 13 minutes when Naby Keita and Diogo Jota scored for the visitors, before Mohamed Salah scored twice and Liverpool became the first team to score four goals in the first half at Old Trafford in the history of the Premier League.
The Egyptian added a fifth after the restart to give Liverpool their biggest away win at United, as they became the first player to score a Premier League hat-trick at Old Trafford.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted his team was in the background after a sad capitulation
The Norwegian looked crestfallen when his team sent five goals against Liverpool on Sunday.
Speaking after the game, Solskjaer made no attempt to sugarcoat a capitulation of historic proportions.
“We’re on the bottom, we can’t feel worse than this,” he told Sky Sports.
“It is the darkest day I have had leading these players. He’s not good enough individually or as a team. ‘
United have kept a clean sheet in their last 21 games and the defeat leaves them eight points behind league leaders Chelsea after just nine games.
Solskjaer defended his tactical choices after the game and stood alongside his coaching staff.
Cristiano Ronaldo had a goal disallowed for offside, as United were totally outmatched
United have lost three of their last four league games and the chorus calling for Solskjaer’s sacking and his staff grew even louder on social media during the sad capitulation against Liverpool.
The Norwegian, however, defended the work of his coaching staff and their tactical decisions, but acknowledged that the responsibility for the crushing defeat fell on his shoulders.
‘It’s mine (responsibility). That’s it. ‘
‘The coaching staff is very good, brilliant. I chose the way we approached the game and we were not clinical enough to move forward.
“When you give good players spaces, they score.”
Before the game, Solskjaer had spoken of the importance of starting fast after United had to rally from a 2-0 defeat to beat Atalanta in the Champions League on Wednesday.
While United created a good opening that Bruno Fernandes wasted early on, they were soon separated by Liverpool.
“We’ve been here for two and a half years and we’ve had a similar approach to going high and pushing and today they scored their chances early on, they haven’t done it before,” Solskjaer said.
‘Man United we should always try to go home to go and stamp our authority from the start.