Boss de­nies com­pla­cency is to blame

Manchester Evening News - - SPORT -

OLE Gun­nar Sol­sk­jaer likened United’s first-half per­for­mance at Wat­ford to his tes­ti­mo­nial af­ter a galling 2-0 de­feat.

The Reds be­came only the sec­ond team to lose to Wat­ford all sea­son in the Pre­mier League and their first con­quests at Vicarage Road, where a David de Gea howler and a mist­imed tackle from Aaron Wan-Bis­saka gifted Wat­ford two goals in four sec­ond­half min­utes.

Sol­sk­jaer named an un­changed league XI from the one that eked out a 1-1 draw with Ever­ton last week, and for the fifth time this sea­son United failed to take three points with the same un­changed team from the pre­vi­ous league fix­ture.

The United man­ager dis­puted whether that had al­lowed com­pla­cency to per­me­ate through a squad.

He said: “We played a game in mid­week [against Colch­ester] with a dif­fer­ent team to­day. Ev­ery sin­gle game is im­por­tant, doesn’t mat­ter which tour­na­ment it is, ev­ery game is a chance for us to de­velop this team, im­prove this team, get­ting re­la­tion­ships.

“Of course, it’s all about work­ing to­wards some­thing big­ger and I don’t think it’s com­pla­cency in the team. To­day was about loads of other things. In the firsthalf, it could have eas­ily been my tes­ti­mo­nial, maybe it would have been a bet­ter at­mos­phere in my tes­ti­mo­nial, to be fair.

“It was very sub­dued, slow, no tempo, no ur­gency, any bit of en­cour­age­ment their crowd got was when we gave them some set-plays and we gifted them two goals.”

United have now squan­dered 15 points against the bot­tom seven in the league and in all six games had the ma­jor­ity of pos­ses­sion. United had 64 per cent of the ball at Wat­ford but strug­gled to cre­ate clear-cut chances once again.

Sol­sk­jaer still dis­puted that their fail­ure to mas­ter a con­trol­ling style was be­hind the 2-0 re­verse. “To­day is not about amount of pos­ses­sion, I don’t know the stats pos­ses­sion-wise,” he said. “It’s about qual­ity when we do things and the two goals we con­cede... the first one is a freak goal, a mis­take. Sec­ond one is a bad mis­take mak­ing that tackle.

“So two goals in three or four min­utes made it hard for us. Not about the amount of pos­ses­sion we had.

“I’m very dis­ap­pointed to­day and four hours ago [be­fore the game], we talk about this and look­ing more pos­i­tive, that we know we’ve started up some­thing with the re­build.

“But at this mo­ment I’m very dis­ap­pointed, be­cause we have to come to these sta­di­ums to get more points. To­day, I’m sure they are low on con­fi­dence, be­cause they must be, Wat­ford when you’re bot­tom of the ta­ble, we were high on con­fi­dence be­cause we’ve been do­ing well lately.

“But it just wasn’t there, there was no in­tent or ur­gency to make us de­serve to win the game.”

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