Ole Gunnar Solskjaer frustrated by Man Utd’s inability to capitalize on Liverpool struggles
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has admitted he was disappointed to see his side fail to ask more questions about a makeshift Liverpool defense in Sunday’s 0-0 draw.
His team sat down and gave Liverpool the vast majority of possession and shots, although it was United who had a much better chance. Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes could easily have scored, without an impressive goalkeeper from Alisson.
Alisson was the only regular at the heart of Liverpool’s defense, with midfielders Fabinho and Jordan Henderson deployed as center-backs due to the team’s continued injury issues, and Solskjaer felt his side should have been in do more to benefit.
“I know we can play better, but we always come out with a point that shows how far we’ve come in a year or even six months,” he said (via the club’s official website). let’s not impose ourselves on the game, especially in the first half.
“I think we grew in the game and towards the end you felt ‘yeah it’s here for us to win’ and we created two huge chances and it’s two brilliant goalkeeper saves.
“I have to be honest to say I’m a little disappointed at the moment, but you still know you’re playing against a fantastic team and they had more possession. But you still 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 one point might be okay if we win the next.
United struggled to maintain control of their possession and wasted the ball, often passing erroneous passes to Marcus Rashford, whose total of five offside calls was the biggest of any player this season and the more than one United player since Robin van Persie’s six in January. 2013.
“We can be calmer, we can have the ball more, we had to defend a lot of times and I thought we were giving the ball too often,” Solskjaer continued.
“Maybe we missed some moments, when Marcus [Rashford] runs his errands behind – maybe sometimes we don’t pass him every time he runs and sometimes we missed him when he should have had him. So a few things we need to improve on.
“I wanted Marcus to be upstairs. Because of his pace. We just missed a few moments in the first and second half to play this ball a little faster or with a little more quality. This is where we could hurt them a bit because we knew about their center-back problems.
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