Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has admitted that Manchester United weren’t at the races today during their 2-0 defeat to Arsenal.
The defeat was Manchester United‘s first domestic defeat since Ole Gunnar Solksjaer took over the reins back in December, and saw today’s hosts overtake them in the race to finish in the top four.
However, the performance came just days after United’s emotional and unexpected 3-1 win over Paris Saint Germain in the Parc des Princes, and the caretaker manager thinks that Wednesday nights result could have resulted in his sides sloppy play, particularly in the first half-hour of today’s game at the Emirates.
“We started slowly, maybe a backlash from Wednesday night, but we created chances and when they get the first goal it becomes a different game,” Solskjaer told Sky Sports.
“We created so many more chances today than when we beat them in the FA Cup. Sometimes it happens, we hit the woodwork twice and had five very big chances ourselves. The referee will be disappointed when he sees it as I don’t think it is a penalty.
“We just had to go for it towards the end, but we were not really at it and it is one of those days where you have to dust yourselves down from. We have Wolves in the cup quarter-finals and it’s a big game to look forward to.”
Arsenal took the lead in bizarre circumstances, with Granit Xhaka’s speculative long-range effort catching the usually excellent David de Gea off guard, and Solskjaer added that the Spain number 1 was left disappointed with the manner of the goal.
“David (de Gea) is disappointed every time he concedes a goal. The ball moves so strange and it looks like it goes to David’s left and it changed direction, but in the first 15, 20 minutes we were too slow and never put them under pressure.”