Manchester United defeat by Wolves a 'big step backwards' - Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Ross Houston
March 17, 2019

The visitors created little of note until Marcus Rashford's 95th-minute consolation goal and needed several fine saves from Sergio Romero to deny Wolves before Raul Jimenez and Diogo Jota scored in quick succession.

"Wolves have already beaten Liverpool under the lights in the FA Cup, in round three, but Jurgen Klopp made a lot of changes for that game, and I don't see Solskjaer doing the same".

"This was a big step backwards, mainly because of the quality of the possession and the passing".

Diogo Jota celebrates scoring Wolves' second goal against Manchester United
Diogo Jota celebrates scoring Wolves second goal against Manchester United

But after being lauded for his impact since replacing Jose Mourinho in mid-December, the painful truth for Solskjaer is that this latest United performance was as poor as anything they produced under his predecessor this season.

"Last week we were happy with the performance but today we never had the urgency or the quality on the ball".

"If you can get a decent result at home then we can go away and beat anyone, like we did in Paris".

"It's not easy - I don't know if it's easy either - when you're in the media or when you're a supporter, you can think short-term". For sure they will try to win everything but we are ready to compete with them.

For the first time since the 2009 Champions League quarter-finals, four English clubs have place settings at the top table of European football.

But you can't sit down and sulk for too long. "Of course we are disappointed, everyone is disappointed with the result today".

"This was the poorest we've played", Solskjaer told BBC Sport.

A 2-0 defeat at Arsenal saw them slip out of the top four, but Matic insists a rare off day for Solskjaer's side in north London was a minor blip in an otherwise impressive run of form.

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