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Solskjaer: ‘we’ve conceded too many goals’

Fri 14 May 2021 | 13:00

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has expressed his concern about the Red Devils’ defense.

Manchester United

’s 4-2 loss against Liverpool on Thursday was their third loss in eight days in all competitions.

Although Bruno Fernandes was able to score the opener in the 10th minute, Diogo Jota scored the equalizer in the 34th minute, and then Roberto Firmino scored their second three minutes into the stoppage time at the end of the first half.

Firmino was also able to score his second goal just two minutes after half-time from a rebound from a Dean Henderson save and although the Red Devils got a goal back through Marcus Rashford, Mohamed Salah scored the fourth goal for his side in the 90th minute.

Without captain

Harry Maguire

, United’s defense did not look comfortable most of the time. They have now conceded 27 home goals in the league this season which is the most in a single season since 1969/70.

More worrying is their persistent fallibility from dead-ball situations as the Red Devils have conceded 33 percent of their league goals this season from set-pieces (14 out of 42, not including penalties), which is the highest ratio in the division.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

 has admitted that he is concerned about his side’s defending particularly from set-pieces, according to



"The goals we conceded, set-plays, [it is] disappointing," Solskjaer said. "That is something we have to work on because we have conceded too many goals from it.

"The third one, we want to play out, we have been good at playing out, we put pressure on them to play out, and sometimes we've scored goals from it.

"Today, unfortunately, the two or three mistakes that happened cost us a goal. But they tried to correct it by winning it back and then we lost it after winning it back.

"Football would be really boring if no one made a mistake. That is the whole idea of football. Of course, you try to eradicate them and work on them, but we have conceded too many goals and we could have avoided some of these and especially the timings of them.

"We're going to use the next couple of days well, to recover physically and mentally, and then we have to prepare for Fulham and then Wolves and then the final. We should have more energy.

"We should use this period well. More energy means a better press; a better press means less chances against.

"We will work on it and brush up on a few details, pay attention to some details on the set plays, and put the players in the frame of mind that these set-plays are vital in football. But we can do so much better and when we do that, we will improve."

Solskjaer is now looking for others to take on the leadership roles as Maguire is going to miss their final league matches against Fulham and Wolves and might even miss their Europa League final on May 26.

"Harry has been amazing since he came to the club, he's been more or less ever-present, so of course, when a player is a leader, a captain, the status of him, his presence is missed,” Solskjaer continued.

"But then we've got players who can come in and it's a chance for everyone to take on that little bit of leadership. We need to do that when he's gone.

"You can hear him in the stands when he's not playing. He is important for us and someone else has to just take that responsibility now.

"I'm sure that, in the next two games, we will be without him. Hopefully, we can get him in for the final but who knows? I don't know yet."

source: SportMob