Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is not helping himself at the moment. His dealings with the press in post match interviews are naïve at best.
His comments after the Wolves game served up another dose of ‘lack of ambition’.
Instead of lamenting his team’s own poor performance in the drab 0-0 draw, Solskjaer chose to talk up Wolves’ defensive qualities.
Solskjaer told the club website: “We’ve played them three times in two weeks and we haven’t conceded a goal. We’ve only scored one as well, but they’re hard to break down.”
Wolves are hard for Solskjaer’s United to break down, but not for others. He has to look at his own team’s failings.
Southampton scored two against them just a week earlier, while every Premier League team has managed to score against Nuno Santo’s side this season so far except for Leicester and West Ham.
Joke falls flat
Solskjaer made matters worse with a poor attempt at a joke about his misfiring team.
Commenting on a couple near misses, including Diogo Dalot’s agonising late header, Solskjaer said he thought the goalposts had been moved.
He said: “The ground staff have moved the goal half a yard, I’m sure! We were close in the second half.”
It was the wrong moment for Solskjaer to attempt to be light hearted.
His comments wound up supporters, and rivals fans are pointing him out to be a laughing stock.
United dropped down to seventh place this weekend and have a paltry nine wins from 25 Premier League games. To describe that record as ‘average’ would be generous.
There are reasons to be positive still, Fernandes’ signing, players due to return from injury, and a gradual squad rebuild.
But the results are testing the patience of fans. And then to hear Solskjaer come out after the game and make inane comments like that to cover up his team’s poor finishing, it’s infuriating.
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