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‘The Squad Is Fine’: Solskjaer Refuses To Blame Champions League Exit On Pogba Disruption

Manchester United’s Portuguese midfielder Bruno Fernandes (R) reacts subsequent to Leipzig’s Hungarian goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi holding the ball as Leipzig’s Hungarian defender Willi Orban lays on the bottom throughout the UEFA Champions League Group H soccer match RB Leipzig v Manchester United in Leipzig, japanese Germany, on December 8, 2020. Odd ANDERSEN / AFP / POOL

 

Manchester United supervisor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer refused guilty claims that Paul Pogba is “unhappy” for his or her Champions League exit after a 3-2 defeat at RB Leipzig.

United have been punished for a sluggish begin, conceding early objectives by Manchester City loanee Angelino and Amadou Haidara earlier than Justin Kluivert put Leipzig 3-0 up halfway via the second half.

United pulled again objectives within the closing ten minutes as Pogba got here on to attain a late header to make it 3-2 after Bruno Fernandes transformed a penalty.

In the build-up, Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola stated the World Cup-winning France midfielder, 27, is “unhappy” and desires a “change of scene” after struggling to ascertain himself below Solskjaer.

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Solksjaer gave a terse reply when requested if Raiola’s feedback had unsettled his aspect.

“The squad is fine, they are a team and they stick together, as soon as Paul’s agent realises it’s a team sport and we work together, the better,” he stated.

“That is the last thing I want to say about it,” Solksjaer replied when requested if he had spoken to Pogba about Raiola’s feedback.

Manchester United’s Norwegian supervisor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (R) brings on Manchester United’s French midfielder Paul Pogba throughout the UEFA Champions League Group H soccer match RB Leipzig v Manchester United in Leipzig, japanese Germany, on December 8, 2020. Odd ANDERSEN / AFP

 

Instead, the Norwegian blamed the defeat on his aspect’s torpid begin.

“We didn’t perform well enough as a team,” he stated.

“We knew they would come at us and put crosses in the box and, unfortunately, we conceded two goals and never got going.

“We just didn’t turn up until they scored the second goal – then we started playing.”

He praised his group’s fightback.

“They gave their all, I can’t fault anyone’s effort and we were close to getting the third, which would have been an achievement against a good Leipzig side,” he added.

The 47-year-old stated he wanted to treatment United of their behavior of starting slowly in European video games.

“We didn’t start until it was 2-0, which is something we need to address again, we need to manage that better,” Solskjaer added.

United face a Manchester derby on the weekend.

“As a footballer you can’t feel sorry for yourself. You can do for a few minutes tonight, but that’s it. We have a massive game on Saturday and we need to focus on that.”

Leipzig avenged their 5-0 thrashing towards Manchester United at Old Trafford in October to the delight of their coach Julian Nagelsmann.

“It wasn’t easy to have had a 5-0 defeat in October, then to have to win the second game to go to the knock-out stage,” stated Nagelsmann who steered Leipzig to the semi-finals final season.

“We got the win today and I think it’s deserved.”

AFP

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