The manager of Manchester United, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer spent 10 minutes outside Old Trafford signing autographs after Liverpool defeated his team 5-0.
In a video that surfaced on the internet, the Norwegian tactician could be seen having a good time with United’s fans who were surprisedly not hostile to him despite the humiliating home defeat.
Solskjaer was so free with the fans that he did not only sign autographs, he took selfies with the fans like he was on the winning side.
Even after – in his own words – being at “rock bottom” today, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is still outside signing autographs at Old Trafford pic.twitter.com/MITrCg4Yzt— Rob Harris (@RobHarris) October 24, 2021
Recall that Liverpool visited Old Trafford to take on Manchester United on Sunday, October 24, 2021. To the dismay of many Manchester United fans, coach Jurgen Klopp’s side slammed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side with a humiliating 0-5 defeat at Old Trafford.
Before the end of the first half, Liverpool had already scored four goals against their host, a feat that has never been recorded against Manchester United in the history of the Premier League.
In the second half, the presence of Cristiano Ronaldo could not make any difference as Liverpool made it five goals with ease.
Three goals from Mohamed Salah, a goal from Diogo Jota, and Naby Keita were all Liverpool needed to walk away from Old Trafford with the maximum three points.
When Paul Pogba was red-carded in the 60th minute after his horrific challenge on Keita, Liverpool were expected to score more goals, but Manchester United were able to organize their defense better with a man down.
After the 5-0 defeat, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer described the defeat as his “darkest day” as the manager of Manchester United.
The Norwegian tactician admitted that his team was not good enough and accepted responsibility for the humiliating defeat at the hands of Liverpool.
“It’s not easy to say something, apart from it’s the darkest day I’ve had leading these players”, he told Sky Sports.
“We weren’t good enough individually or as a team. You can’t give a team like Liverpool those chances and unfortunately, we did.
“The whole performance wasn’t good enough, that’s for sure. We have created openings, they have had chances, they have been clinical and we did not take our chances early on. Then the third goal is the one that decided the game.
“It’s mine [responsibly for the loss] – that’s it. The coaching staff are brilliant and I choose the way we approach the game and today, we weren’t clinical enough going forward. There were spaces for both teams and when you give good players spaces, they score.
“You can look back at last season when we lost 6-1 to Spurs – this is miles worse. The opposition as well, that makes it miles worse for me as a Manchester lad and we have to get over this as quick as we can and move on.”
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer does not expect a sack from Manchester United
Long before Liverpool visited Old Trafford to humiliate Manchester United, most supporters of the Red Devils have been advocating for the sack of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
They believe that Solskjaer is the problem of Manchester United since the team has so many superstars and yet, the team has been so inconsistent.
After the 0-5 defeat at the hands of Liverpool on Sunday, questions about Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s future at Old Trafford was raised but the coach stressed that he is getting closer to achieving his aim at the club.
He said: “I’ve heard nothing else [about a potential departure], and I’m still thinking about tomorrow’s work, of course. We’re all low. I can’t say now that I’ve felt any worse than this. This is the lowest I’ve been. But as I’ve said, I accept the responsibility, and that is mine today. It’s mine going forward.
“I do believe in myself, I do believe that I am getting close to what I want with the club, I think what we’ve done, what I’ve seen, the development, of course, the results lately haven’t been good enough. But I’ve got to keep strong and I do believe in what we’ve been doing, the coaching staff and the players.”
The 5-0 defeat at the hands of Liverpool has pushed Manchester United to the 7th spot with 14 points in 9 games, 8 points away from first-placed Chelsea. While Liverpool are sitting on the second spot with 21 points in 9 games.
Manchester United’s next Premier League game is against Tottenham Hotspur. The match is expected to kick off at 17:30 on Saturday, October 30, 2021.