‘We are at ROCK BOTTOM’: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits humiliating defeat by Liverpool is ‘the darkest day’ he’s had as Manchester United manager but vows to fight on as he insists ‘we are too close to give up now’
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has admitted Manchester United are at ‘rock bottom’ following a humiliating 5-0 defeat against Liverpool at Old Trafford on Sunday.
United found themselves two down within 13 minutes as Naby Keita and Diogo Jota scored for the visitors, before Mohamed Salah scored twice as Liverpool became the first team to score four goals in the first half at Old Trafford in Premier League history.
The Egyptian added a fifth after the restart to give Liverpool their largest ever win away at United as he became the first player to score a Premier League hat-trick at Old Trafford.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted his team were at ‘rock bottom’ after a dismal capitulation
The Norwegian looked crestfallen as his side shipped five goals against Liverpool on Sunday
Speaking after the game, Solskjaer did not try to sugarcoat a capitulation of historic proportion.
‘We are at rock bottom, we cannot feel any worse than this,’ he told Sky Sports.
‘It is the darkest day I have had leading these players. Not good enough individually or as a team.’
United have kept one clean sheet in their last 21 games and the defeat leaves them eight points adrift of league leaders Chelsea after just nine games.
Solskjaer defended his tactical choices after the game and stood by his coaching staff
Cristiano Ronaldo had a goal ruled out for offside as United were totally outclassed
United have lost three of their last four league games and the chorus of those calling for Solskjaer and his staff to be sacked grew even louder on social media during the dismal capitulation against Liverpool.
The Norwegian, however, defended the job of his coaching staff and his tactical choices, but acknowledged the responsibility for the crushing defeat rested on his shoulders.
‘It’s mine (responsibility). That’s it,’ he added.
‘The coaching staff are very very good, brilliant. I chose the way we approached the game and we weren’t clinical enough going forwards.
‘When you give good players spaces, they score.’
Before the game, Solskjaer had spoken of the importance of starting fast after United had to come from 2-0 down to beat Atalanta in the Champions League on Wednesday.
While United created a good opening that Bruno Fernandes squandered early on, they were soon cut apart by Liverpool.
‘We have gone here two and a half years and had a similar approach to go high and press and today they scored their chances early on, they haven’t done that before,’ Solskjaer said.
‘Man Utd we should always try and home to go and stamp our authority early on.