Solskjaer gives Fergie-esque interview and slams ‘joke’ authorities

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer delivered an emphatic post-match interview to BT Sport in which he slammed the English football authorities as a ‘joke’.

It was reminiscent of interviews given in the past by media masters like Sir Alex Ferguson and Jose Mourinho. Solskjaer came out with a clear message he wanted to share and took control of the interview to get it out.

“We were set up to fail,” Solskjaer complained to Des Kelly.

“The kick-off time set us up to fail. We have been to Turkey, played loads of games this season already, we got back Thursday morning and we are playing Saturday lunchtime, it’s an absolute shambles.”

Video: Solskjaer claims United were ‘set up to fail’

Solskjaer appeared to be furious. Before the game, he had alluded to some concerns with the scheduling of the fixture but clearly didn’t want to be seen to be offering excuses before the match had even started.

However, after United had got a deserved 3-1 win against Everton, Solskjaer took his chance to complain. He was particularly annoyed by a hamstring injury to Luke Shaw.

Solskjaer: Luke Shaw is out injured for a long’ time

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“These boys deserve better,” Solskjaer insisted.

“Luke Shaw has got injured because of it. It’s a hamstring which might be a long one and Marcus Rashford might be struggling.

“The authorities set us up for fail, who is responsible? We’ve had enough of that. Players this season, in these times, a pandemic, mentally and physically it’s draining. Let us play on a Sunday, there’s an international break after this, it’s a joke.

“The players were brilliant. Cavani is getting better and better.”

United landed back in England at 4am on Thursday morning and had the earliest weekend kick-off in the Premier League.

Despite the short break, they managed an impressive win against Everton. They played with energy and intensity to come from behind with goals from Bruno Fernandes and Edinson Cavani.

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