Manchester United’s Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Liverpool Defeat: My ‘darkest day’ as manager
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said that Saturday’s 5-0 loss to Liverpool was his “darkest day” as Manchester United manager, however, the Norwegian has sworn to fight on at Old Trafford.
United lost four goals in a terrible first-half performance and recorded their biggest home loss to rivals Liverpool in 66 years.
“It is the darkest day I have had leading these players,” Solskjaer told Sky Sports. “We were not good enough individually and as a team. The entire performance was not good enough.
“I choose the way we approach the game, we were not clinical enough and gave too many spaces and when you give good players space they score.”
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A week after a demoralizing 4-2 setback at the hands of Leicester City, Solskjaer declared the outcome was “far worse” than the 6-1 home defeat to Tottenham Hotspur last season.
The 48-year-old has been in charge of United for three years and maintains he is still the best man for the job.
“I’ve just got to say we have to get over this as quickly as we can,” he said. “I have come too far, we have come too far as a group. We are too close to give up now.
“It is going to be a difficult one. The players will be low but there’s loads of characters there. We know we are rock bottom, we can’t feel any worse than this. Let’s see where we take it.”
It was their heaviest defeat in this match since October 1895, when Liverpool defeated them 7-1 at Anfield, and it was the first occasion since 1955 that they lost by a margin of five or more goals without scoring themselves.