Solskjaer admits Manchester United’s ‘tempo wasn’t good enough’ during Burnley draw

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said that while Manchester United’s response against Burnley was ‘fantastic’, he thought that his side didn’t play with enough tempo after they dropped the first points of their caretaker managers reign.

Manchester United were expected to comfortably beat the Clarets after winning eight games on the trot under Solskjaer, but struggled to break down the extremely well drilled Lancashire side.

The visitors took the lead early in the second half when they crowded out Andreas Pereira, with Ashley Barnes firing the ball past David de Gea with a bullet strike.

They looked to have secured all three points when they took advantage of some slack marking in the United penalty area, with Chris Woods doubling their lead with just nine minutes to play. However, United rallied to rescue a most unlikely point thanks to a Paul Pogba penalty and a close range effort from Victor Lindelof.

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While Solksjaer was pleased with his side’s reaction, he said that he wasn’t happy with the tempo that they played at for the vast majority of the game

“The comeback was brilliant, the players have been asked about how they would react if they went 1-0 or 2-0 down so I felt the comeback was fantastic,” Solskjaer told BBC Sport.

“We had loads of chances, loads of possession, we didn’t deserve to lose. But we did it to ourselves really.

“We fought, that wasn’t the problem. We were just too slow in possession in the first half.

“For the first goal we played our way into trouble. It wasn’t the attitude, the application was too slow and the tempo on the ball wasn’t good enough. But the reaction was good.

“We disappointed ourselves and we disappointed the crowd today, but the ones who stayed had a typical Old Trafford finish to the game so that was a big plus.”

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