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Solskjaer is 'worried about United's loss of form but insists 'the boys are giving everything'

Published on: 04 March 2021

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted he is worried about Manchester United’s loss of form and lack of goals after a third successive 0-0 draw at Crystal Palace.

United legend Gary Neville branded the display from his Solskjaer’s second-placed side, who missed the chance to go three points clear of third-placed Leicester, ‘boring’ and warned they were in danger of ‘sleepwalking into a top four race.’

Solskjaer said: ‘Sometimes you just don’t hit the form that you normally have and have had for many, many months. It’s a bit of a worry of course it is but I know that the boys are giving everything.

‘We play every three days and I know they’re giving everything they’ve got. Attitude and approach I’m very happy with. The quality we need to get back to what we know we can do.

‘We just didn’t have the quality and tempo in the passing. We started slow and it’s never nice to see the opposition take the initiative.

‘When we played with quality and tempo we did create some chances but we didn’t have enough of it and build enough pressure for their keeper to make saves.’

Neville said: ‘United have been worse in this second half than the first. Going to the Etihad on Sunday they have put themselves under pressure.

‘They're sleepwalking into a top four race when it could be so much more comfortable for them.

‘They are so lethargic, no urgency, expect them to throw kitchen sink at it. It is almost like they think it is ok to draw this game, that they don't see the danger of doing so.

‘If they lose at Etihad and results go against them there will be teams all in and around them. There is not a lot of fight out there, they just look like they want the game to end.

‘You can win, lose, draw but you can’t be boring. That was boring watching that.’

Dean Henderson kept a clean sheet in the absence of David de Gea who was missing due to personal reasons.

Asked if they will also see De Gea miss Sunday’s Manchester derby, Solskjaer added: ‘I can’t really say about David. It’s a private matter. Dean is ready if he is called upon.’

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson said: ‘The way the players went about the job was very commendable. Thanks to the shape of the team, the discipline and the determination, 0-0 was a very good result that we have got.’


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