Solskjaer calls for better Man Utd performance after Young Boys defeat

Thu 16 September 2021 | 15:22

Manchester United remain undefeated in the Premier League but will be looking to avenge their shocking defeat to Young Boys facing West Ham.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer understands that the pressure is on his Manchester United team as they prepare to face West Ham in the Premier League. 

The Red Devils have gone undefeated in their last 28

Premier League

away fixtures, the longest such streak in English league history, allowing just 19 goals in the process. 

They've also won their past two encounters with Sunday's rivals, and they're looking for their first three-game winning streak over West Ham since 2014.

However, after a 2-1

Champions League

defeat to Young Boys on Tuesday, Solskjaer admitted that his team must bounce back on Sunday. 

"They're focused of course, a little bit disappointed but not too downbeat. We know it's a setback and we have to do better, and we've got five games to get the 10 to 12 points we need," Solskjaer told reporters.

"[It's] not the start we wanted but we're a good team that can bounce back again and the group is very good."

Quizzed whether the media's response in the post-match surprised him, Solskjaer replied:

"No, it doesn't surprise me. I've got my job and we do our job, you tend to in the media get judged by behaviours and outcomes rather than intentions.

"It's black and white. But we go into the game with good intentions, we make changes with good intentions, go into a tackle and make a pass with good intentions.

"The outcome always decides which headline we'll see and very, very rarely is the game fantastic or really, really bad, it just hovers about good or not good enough.

"We know the expectations are high and we expect more of ourselves as well, the performance wasn't up to our standard."

Following the loss of a one-goal advantage against Young Boys, concerns about Solskjaer's skills arose, with the substitution of

Bruno Fernandes


Cristiano Ronaldo

causing particular concern among some. 

But, rather than answering concerns about his managerial style or philosophy, Solskjaer insisted that the Man Utd team's drive might be the distinction between winning and losing this season.

"I don't sit here and claim and talk... football is a simple game and it's about making good decisions and being in a team," he continued.

"Sometimes we look too much into all the intricacies – it's passion, it's desire, who wants to win the ball? Which one of the strikers has the desire to get on the end of crosses?

"You can talk about all sorts, it looks nice on paper. But when you go out on that pitch, it's who wants to win, that's one of the big things. You want winners and I think I'm getting there with my team, team players."

Edinson Cavani

's only appearance for the Red Devils this season was a 37-minute stint against Wolves at the end of August, and the United head manager is hoping to get him back soon. 

Since then, he has suffered from fitness difficulties, but Solskjaer believes the former Paris Saint-Germain striker will be able to play again next week.

"Edinson [Cavani] hopefully will start training with us after the weekend, maybe Monday, so maybe involved on Wednesday," he added.

"He had a fantastic season last season, the impact he made when he got his fitness… He struggled with niggly injuries early on.

"We feel that to get the best out of him this season we need to get him 100 per cent fit and not rush him. We've got a strong squad that will cope with having to let players heal and not risk any further injuries.

"I see Edinson having a massive impact, he's that type of personality and player. He can't wait to play and he's working really hard to get back on the pitch."


source: SportMob

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