A defiant Ole Gunnar Solskjær insisted that he remains the best manager for Manchester United and is not considering leaving his position despite their 5-0 humiliation in Liverpool on what he described as his darkest day at the helm.
United trailed 4-0 at half-time on Sunday for the first time in the Premier League era after goals from Naby Keïta, Diogo Jota and two from Mohamed Salah. The players were bowed out with the gap, and when the Egyptian became the first guest player to score a hat-trick at United since 1991, shortly after the restart, some supporters left. To make matters worse, Paul Pogba was later given a straight red card for a lung on Keïta that was taken off on a stretcher.
When Solskjær was asked why he had no doubt that he is still the man to take United forward, he said: “I have come too far, we have come too far as a group. We’re too close to giving up now. “The Norwegian said he would not consider resigning. “I believe in myself, I believe that I am close to what I want with the club, what we have done, what I have seen, the development,” he said. “[True] the results lately have not been good enough, it’s hands up and it probably brings doubt in someone’s mind, but I have to be strong and believe in what we do.
“The bottom of the day [and we’re] low confidence. Next week Tottenham are away, then it’s a Champions League match in Atalanta and the next team to visit us is Manchester City. We need to make sure we go into the next workout in the right state of mind. ”
The result was Liverpool’s best win ever at United, and their highest at Old Trafford or Anfield since 1925, with the Merseyside club only once before beating them by a larger margin – in 1895. United have only taken one point from the last 12 and lost five of nine matches.
“” It’s not easy to say anything, except that it’s the darkest day I’ve had leading these players, “Solskjær added.
“We were not good enough individually and as a team we can not give a team like Liverpool those chances, but we did. I am obviously sad, disappointed and angry. My feeling is indifferent, except what we do to improve and make sure it does not happen.
“This could go both ways, we could sour or we could get together. The whole show was not good enough. We created openings, they had chances, and they have been clinical. The third goal decided the match. We know we are at the bottom, we can not feel worse than this. Let’s see where we take it. You can look at last season when we lose to Spurs 6-1: this is worse, miles worse. This is miles worse for me as Manchester [United] boy. I have to say we need to get over this as soon as we can. ”
Solskjær alone took the blame for the defeat. “It’s mine, it’s it,” he said. “The coaching staff is brilliant. I chose the way we approached the game, we were not clinical enough and gave too much space, and when you give good players space, they score. We are at home and playing against Liverpool, over the last two and a half years we have had a similar approach to the high press. ”
United defender Harry Maguire struck a similarly depressing tone, saying: “We apologize to fans, it was nowhere near good enough for this club. They held on to us until the very end and we appreciate it, but as a club we need to do better. ”
Jürgen Klopp was understandably delighted. “The result is insane, I asked if there was such a thing in history and if there is not, it will take a while [to digest], ”Said the Liverpool manager. “The players made a nice piece [chapter] in the book. It’s special, but we do not celebrate like crazy, we have respect for the opponents.
“We were lucky in some moments, United are not in their best moment. What can I say? Did I expect that? No. What we did in the last third was insane. Hits high, wins balls and scores wonderful goals. ”
Salah now has 12 goals in 15 matches this season. “He enjoys his football and let it go on for a long time,” said Klopp, who said James Milner had suffered a femoral injury. The extent of Keita’s damage will be known within the next day or so.