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Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer claimed the response to his team’s Champions League loss to Young Boys on Tuesday was “out of proportion,” but added that the performance was “not up to our level.”
United were defeated 2-1 in Bern, due in part to Aaron Wan-early Bissaka’s dismissal and the Swiss champions’ 95th-minute goal.
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The loss came only three days after Solskjaer’s team thrashed Newcastle United 4-1 thanks to two goals from Cristiano Ronaldo, but Solskjaer claimed he is accustomed to how fast views can shift.
“It doesn’t surprise me,” Solskjaer said at a press conference on Thursday before of Sunday’s Premier League match against West Ham United. “I’ve got my job, and we do our jobs; in the media, you’re usually evaluated on your actions and results rather than your intentions.”
“It’s always black and white. We go into the game with good intentions, we make changes with good intentions, we go into a tackle and make a pass with good intentions, and the result determines which headline we’ll see.”
“We understand that expectations are high, and we demand more from ourselves; nevertheless, the performance fell short of our expectations.”
Jesse Lingard will return to West Ham on Sunday after spending last season on loan at the London Stadium, where he scored nine goals in 16 appearances. Lingard is in the last year of his contract at Old Trafford, and according to ESPN, he has turned down an early offer from United to extend his stay. However, Solskjaer remains optimistic that the 28-year-old England international will sign a new contract.
“He has a year remaining on his contract, and the club is in discussions with him and his father,” Solskjaer added. “We view him as a potential Manchester United player.”
“Jesse has returned to us after a fantastic stint at West Ham.” He shown his abilities and was recalled to the England team, where he scored goals. This season, we want to see the best of him.
“We encourage him and want to keep him with us; he’s a true red.”
Meanwhile, Edinson Cavani will sit out the match against David Moyes’ team as he recovers from an injury. Due to a muscular issue, the striker has missed the past two games, but he may return for Wednesday’s Carabao Cup clash against West Ham at Old Trafford.
“Hopefully, after the weekend, Edison will start practicing with us, maybe Monday, so he might be participating on Wednesday,” Solskjaer added. “He had a great season last season, the influence he had after he regained his fitness, he battled early on with niggly ailments.”
“We believe that in order to get the most out of him this season, we must get him fully fit and not hurry him.” We have a strong team that will be able to deal with the need to rest players and avoid additional injuries.
“Edinson, as a personality and player, I see him having a huge effect. He is eager to return to the field and is working tirelessly to do so.”
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