The manager of Manchester United, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has admitted that his team didn’t deserve three points in the league match against Liverpool on Sunday, January 17, saying his team didn’t play well enough.
Liverpool outplayed Manchester United especially in the first half of the match but couldn’t do much beyond recording 66 percent of the ball possession. Out of the 17 shots Liverpool recorded, only three were on target.
Manchester United struggled so badly that they recorded only 8 shots and 4 of the shots were on target. In the 34 percent of the ball possession that United had throughout the game, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s boys only managed to make 344 passes.
At the end of the game, the match ended 0-0 and Manchester United remained at the top of the league table with 37 points in 18 games. While Liverpool moved from the 3rd spot to the 4th spot with 34 points in 18 games.
At the end of the match, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted that his players didn’t impose themselves enough on Liverpool and insisted that his team should have played better.
“We didn’t deserve the three points because we didn’t play well enough,” Solskjaer told Sky Sports after the match. “We didn’t impose ourselves on the game, especially the first half. We grew in the game and thought it was there to win in the second half and created two massive chances.
“We can play better than this, we know that. We can be more composed; we can have the ball more. We had to defend really often, and we gave the ball away too often. A couple of things we need to improve on.”
“I’ve got to be honest and say I’m disappointed at the moment. With the injuries they have had lately, you want to come here and get a result. We didn’t, but a point might be OK if we win the next one.”
In his reaction, the manager of Liverpool, Jurgen Klopp urged his team to focus more on finishing in the top four rather than thinking of defending the Premier League title the team won for the first time in 30 years last season.
“We are in the middle of a bunch of teams which fight for this spot and that’s what we have to do”, Jurgen Klopp said.
“It’s not about if we don’t become champions, it’s not fun anymore. We just fight for everything and I saw that tonight again.
“The most important thing is to qualify for the Champions League and I know how difficult it is. This season it will be a tough race for the top four.”