Ole Gunnar Solskjaer SAVAGES Premier League bosses by insisting Manchester United were ‘set up to fail’ with early kick-off against Everton… less than three days after squad returned from Istanbul humiliation
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has unleashed a scathing attack on the football authorities following another hectic week of Premier League and European action for Manchester United.
United cruised to a comfortable 3-1 victory against Everton on Saturday in the Premier League’s early kick-off thanks to a brace from Bruno Fernandes and a late goal from Edinson Cavani, who opened his United account.
The result came as a huge relief to Solskjaer, who had suffered defeats to Arsenal and Istanbul Basaksehir in the last six days, leaving question marks over his future at Old Trafford.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has unleashed a scathing attack on the football authorities after victory
United cruised to 3-1 victory against Everton on Saturday in the Premier League’s early kick-off
Despite the strong performance from his side, Solskjaer complained that the relentless nature of the football schedule during the coronavirus pandemic is a tough ask for his players.
He ranted to BT Sport: ‘We were set up to fail. I said to you before I wanted to talk to you about the kick off time, they set up the boys to fail.
‘Luke Shaw is injured today because we have been to Turkey, played loads of games this season already, we have been to Turkey Wednesday night, come back Thursday morning and to have a kick off Saturday lunchtime is an absolute shambles.
‘I can’t praise the boys enough for the character they have shown. Them boys deserve better than to be thrown out here to fail. Authorities set us up to fail.
They have played three matches in six days following midweek Champions League action
‘How can they set us up after a Champions League game Wednesday night in Turkey and set us a Saturday 12.30 kick off.
‘We got Liverpool and City, fair play they are playing each other, they played on Tuesday, play Sunday.
‘Who is responsible? We have had enough of that. I have had enough.’
The Norwegian boss also provided an injury update on Luke Shaw and also revealed that Marcus Rashford is struggling following the victory.
‘Brilliant, absolutely top fantastic,’ he added when asked about the performance.
‘After Thursday morning coming back and they have shown that again. He’s getting better and better and sharper and sharper. He wasn’t feeling well last night.
‘Luke hamstring, might be a long way. Rashford I think he is struggling. That is the demands on the players. They deserve all the praise, well done.’
Solskjaer revealed that left-back Luke Shaw has suffered an injury after the Everton match
The victory against Carlo Ancelotti’s side could not have come at a better time for Solskjaer, who was feeling the pressure following a run of poor and inconsistent performances.
Before the match, former United defender Rio Ferdinand said that his record in charge has been similar to previous managers who have been given the boot.
‘What I worry about with Ole is his record is similar if not better than LVG and Jose. They got the sack,’ Ferdinand explained.
‘So what are the hierarchy thinking of Solskjaer, maybe the end isn’t too far away. You need to see a response, you need to see consistency with this team.
‘The big thing is, no matter how good you are, it is your work ethic that will get results. The quality will then come over the top of everything.’