‘We were like a drunk boxer!’: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer tells his Manchester United players to take inspiration from TYSON FURY to change their season, after being too ‘frantic’ against Liverpool
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has faced great criticism following Liverpool’s defeat
- United boss compared United’s poor start last week to boxer Tyson Fury
- Manchester United travel to face Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday night
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has compared his Manchester United side’s shocking performance in the first half against Liverpool to Tyson Fury’s loss to Deontay Wilder.
The United manager has been under immense pressure since a 5-0 loss to fierce rivals on Sunday, where they were 4-0 down at halftime.
The Red Devils travel to Tottenham for another big clash on Saturday and speaking at their pre-game press conference, Solskjaer insisted his players must show some of Fury’s ‘composure’ under pressure in the face of huge criticism.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said his players should avoid a knockout against Spurs tomorrow
Utd boss said his players should look at Tyson Fury and his ‘composure’ when taken down
‘The performance was not acceptable. I’ve used the analogy: it felt like a boxer was hit drunk, getting knocked out in the first few minutes, in the first round, ” he said.
We were too open and too frantic against a good team, you see Tyson Fury when he’s knocked down. It is remarkable how serene he is when they take him down, maybe we went too early.
“We have to be better, we have to be frank and honest and communication has to be direct.”
Solskjaer, who has a fully fit team to choose from tomorrow and only Paul Pogba missed due to suspension, added that his team has trained well in what has been a ‘difficult week’.
“The players are true professionals, good people, they do the best they can,” he added.
‘The environment in and around the place, we respect each other a lot. When you get criticized you get into the trenches with your teammates. It’s always about sticking with the togetherness, self-confidence, it’s about staying together, and that’s what we’ve done.
Of course, it has been a difficult week. We had to deal with the result and the performance against Liverpool, which we know was not good enough. We have to deal with it, which is why we are in this game.
‘You have to look forward to the next game. We’ve had a good week in training camp, I have to say. ‘
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