Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has given his reaction to the 5-0 defeat to Liverpool.
He spoke to MUTV, Sky Sports and at his press conference after the final whistle at Old Trafford and, although thanking the fans for staying with his side in the most trying of circumstances, he admitted the performance simply was not good enough.
“It’s not easy to say something apart from it’s the darkest day I’ve had leading these players and we weren’t good enough, individually and as a team.
“You can’t give a team like Liverpool those chances, unfortunately, we did. The whole performance wasn’t good enough, that’s for sure.
“We’ve created openings, they’ve had chances and they’ve been clinical. We didn’t take our chances early on and the third goal is the one that decided the game.”
He also claimed his team had a sloppy start.
“Early on, I felt we started sloppy and maybe a bit not confident enough. Not trusting ourselves. We gave the ball away, we kicked it out the first three or four minutes. Then we get the big massive opening, good attack, one-on-one with the keeper. We don’t take it and they then score with their first and second chance and at 2-0 down you have to go for it. You have to, we can’t lay down and keep it down to 2-0. We had chances, they had chances. They took theirs, we didn’t.”
Commenting on the tactical approach of his boys, Solksjaer said; “The coaching staff are very, very good. Brilliant. I choose the way we approach the game and, today, we weren’t clinical enough going forward.
“There were spaces for both teams and, when you give good players spaces, they score. You know it’s a good question [why not play on the break?]
“I can say anything but we’re at home, playing against Liverpool. They’ve come here over the last two-and-a-half years and we had a similar approach to go high press and, today, they scored on their chances early on.
“They hadn’t done that before. I think Manchester United should always try, at home, to go and stamp our authority on the game, like I said before.”
Mohamed Salah scored a hat trick as Liverpool thrashed Manchester United 5-0 at Old Trafford on Sunday, putting pressure on United manager.
United were four goals down by halftime — the largest margin ever in their history at that stage of a game — and looked disjointed as Salah, Diogo Jota and Naby Keita all found the net.
Salah added his third moments into the second half before Paul Pogba was sent off for a dangerous tackle.
“I think it is great to win 5-0 here, we knew before the game it would be tough if we did not play our game,” Salah said after the game.
“We knew they will come and try to give everything, so we had to give 100 percent.
“We just tried to play our football and play in between the lines to create more chances. We did that and were lucky to score.
“As long as the team keep winning I am happy and to give my best to the team to win.”
Bruno Fernandes had an opportunity to open the scoring for United after just four minutes, but blasted over the crossbar.
Liverpool responded to the scare with a goal on five minutes after poor defending from United saw Luke Shaw attempting to mark Salah, Keita and Andy Robertson. Salah chose to play in Keita, who hit the ball past David de Gea.
United were guilty of more poor defending on 13 minutes, when Trent Alexander-Arnold put a low cross into the box and Jota stretched to place it in the net.
Salah scored his first goal on 38 minutes with a low side foot past De Gea and his second five minutes into added time at the end of the first half with a superb strike from the corner of the box.
The Egypt international completed his hat trick five minutes into the second half.
His three goals on Sunday make him the top-scoring African player in Premier League history, overtaking former Chelsea forward Didier Drogba by two goals.
“I am so disappointed, we gave them so many chances,” United captain Harry Maguire said.
“They were so clinical, we had a lot of chances ourselves, but I am a defender and to concede four in the first half, especially at Old Trafford, is nowhere near good enough
“As a player I know myself. I’ll be looking at myself and my individual performance.
“We have to stick together, there is no point blaming each other, but look at ourselves. Look in the mirror when we go home tonight and think where we can do better.
Cristiano Ronaldo thought he had pulled one back for United on 52 minutes with an excellent piece of individual skill, but VAR replays showed he had been offside in the build-up, and the goal was disallowed.
United’s day went from bad to worse when Pogba was sent off on the hour mark for a studs-up challenge on Keita, who had to be stretchered off the pitch.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said he did not expect a 5-0 result.
“Pressing high, winning balls, scored wonderful goals,” Klopp said.
“I told them at halftime to play better. We started incredibly well and stopped playing football. We controlled the game after the fifth, it was not about scoring more, just trying to get out without more injuries.
“The result is insane, I asked if there was one like this in history and if there isn’t, then it will take a while.
“The players put a nice piece in the book. It is special, but we don’t celebrate like crazy, we have respect for the opponents.
“We were lucky in some moments; United are not in their best moment.”