Solskjaer: “The primary half it may simply have been my testimonial. It was very subdued, sluggish, no tempo, urgency”
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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer accused his Manchester United gamers of treating their sport at Watford as a testimonial after they slipped to a shock defeat towards the Premier League’s backside facet.
A David de Gea howler allowed Ismaila Sarr to open the scoring earlier than Troy Deeney’s penalty 4 minutes later secured a 2-Zero victory and a primary residence win of the season for the Hornets.
United have been poor for a lot of the competition however improved barely following the introduction of Paul Pogba, who got here off the bench to make his first look since September following an ankle harm.
United have struggled towards groups within the backside half of the desk this season and have gained simply one of many final 17 video games wherein they’ve loved a bigger portion of possession.
Solskjaer’s facet will sit eighth within the desk on Christmas Day as hopes of a top-four end proceed to dwindle, and the Norwegian pulled no punches in assessing United’s efficiency at Vicarage Highway.
“The primary half it may simply have been my testimonial,” he mentioned.
“And it may need been a greater ambiance at my testimonial, to be honest. It was very subdued, sluggish, no tempo, urgency.
“Any little bit of encouragement their crowd received was once we gave them set-plays. And we gave them two objectives within the second half.
“As we speak just isn’t in regards to the quantity of possession – it is about high quality, how we do issues and the 2 objectives we conceded.
“The primary one, a giant aim, was from a mistake. The second aim as nicely, it is a unhealthy mistake making a deal with. So two objectives in three minutes made it onerous for us.”
Latest victories over Tottenham and Manchester Metropolis had urged United had began to show a nook underneath Solskjaer.
However a house draw to Everton was adopted by this dismal show in Hertfordshire after the staff coach arrived lower than an hour earlier than kick-off.
‘You’ll be able to’t blame the site visitors’
“I am very upset,” Solskjaer added. “We’ve got began off one thing with the rebuild however at the moment I’m very upset as a result of you must come to those stadiums and get extra factors towards groups like at the moment.
“I’m positive they have been low in confidence as a result of they’re on the backside of the desk. We’re excessive in confidence nevertheless it simply wasn’t there. There was no intent or urgency to make us win the sport.
“We ready nicely. There’s nothing I can put my finger on. You’ll be able to’t blame the site visitors. We have been slightly bit late however an hour right here ought to be sufficient to organize.”
Harry Maguire captained United and echoed his supervisor’s sentiments that they need to learn to enhance outcomes towards the lesser sides within the Premier League.
“We have been sloppy, we gave the ball away quite a few instances particularly within the first half,” he instructed Sky Sports activities.
“We’ve got received to be higher towards these decrease opposition who’ve a deep block. The primary aim is essential.
“We did not hold the ball of their half for lengthy sufficient. Each time we saved it we gave it away and so they ended up counter-attacking.”