“A big step back” .. Solskjaer admits the worst series of defeats for Manchester United since the eighties
Frustrated Manchester United coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said his team had taken a “big step back” with their 2-0 defeat at home to Manchester City in the Premier League derby on Saturday.
United fired one shot at City’s goal during the rainy match, which was dominated by City and inflicted the third loss in the last 4 matches at home in the league.
Historic losses for United at home
Solskjaer said that his team lost 8 games at home in all matches during 2021, which is the largest number of matches in one year since the defeat in 8 matches in 1989, to increase the pressure on the Norwegian coach, who is struggling to turn the fortunes of his team.
“Of course it’s very disappointing. It’s a big step back, it’s a way of losing we don’t like. When we lose a game against a good team you want to see a better performance from Manchester United than we saw today,” Solskjaer added.
“When we had the ball, they put pressure on us really well. We couldn’t position well at the back, so we can’t reach the level we need to beat the good clubs.”
Solskjaer was heavily criticized after the heavy 5-0 loss to Liverpool in his last league game at home, but the win at Tottenham Hotspur and the draw with Atalanta in Italy in the Champions League hinted at some improvement in performance before City added to the team’s problems and threatened to leave the coach again.