Solskjaer responds to Klopp’s criticism

Friday22 January 2021 | 16:22
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The Red Devils coach clapped back at Klopp after he criticized Solskjaer for his coaching tactics.

Manchester United


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

, responded to Jurgen Klopp’s criticisms ahead of their


clash on Sunday. Klopp, who accused Solskjaer’s men of being too defensive in their previous goalless draw, will face the Red Devils for the second time in two consecutive weeks for the 4th round of FA Cup competition.

Solskjaer commenting on their draw, said:

"We attacked every time we got the ball, maybe too much. We kept giving it away, that was the challenge. We went forward too quickly.”

"The thought that we weren't attacking, I don't understand that one. We kept giving it away. It's the quality of what we did, we need to do better. We tried to press them high. It's not easy, they played well, they played their way out of our press. We didn't go out there to drop deep and try to soak up the pressure.”

"They had five midfielders out there to play out plus a 'keeper who is very capable. When you look back at it, I think it was a good game by the two teams. We played against a top Liverpool team. Yes, [Virgil] van Dijk is not there but everyone's got an injury or two here or there. I was very pleased with the performance when I looked at it after."

Manchester United, who were given the offside flag several times in their clash with Liverpool, will fix these minor slips by improving the relationship among the players, admitted Solskjaer.

"They're eager [to get in behind the defence], of course, but it's also a way we want to attack quickly. It's not that you have to attack quickly every time, it's a decision you've got to make there and then,”

he added.

"Of course, it's in our DNA that if you see a pass, do it. Do it well. I didn't think we executed the passes well enough. Some of the runs were maybe too eager, especially at Anfield. I felt one or two times there we could've been one-on-one with the 'keeper.”

"For us, it's about fine-tuning, getting better, getting used to each other. Edinson [Cavani] is new, Bruno [Fernandes] has not been here a year yet. We'll get there."

Later talking about his plans to rotate between his attackers for Sunday’s match, he concluded:

"We'll rotate, that's for sure. We'll put a decent team together, of course, a team I feel can win the game. The focus is now on the FA Cup. We know it's a difficult tie."

source: SportMob