Manchester United defender urges team to win after a miserable loss

Tanya Simon
November 7, 2019

The control, the flick, the finish - this was the manifestation of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's philosophy at Manchester United.

Now it is Bournemouth who are reaping the rewards.

Instead, the failings that have characterised their season were back in evidence as a lack of goal threat and one moment of slack defending inflicted a fourth English Premier League defeat in 11 games.

United had won three successive away games in all competitions but despite starting and finishing strongly against Bournemouth they could have few complaints at the defeat.

"If you want to be challenging for top four, you need to win games like this", the Norwegian continued.

With back-to-back fixtures against Tottenham and Manchester City in their opening three December matches, manager, fans and teammates will be hopeful that Pogba is fit and ready to return for a tricky run of games.

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On that, Liverpool are also believed to be interested in signing the striker in the summer, while competitors Manchester United are ready to make an offer in January.

United could hardly protest the opener as King chested down Adam Smith's cross, spun away from Aaron Wan-Bissaka and volleyed through David De Gea's legs. It's no coincidence that the outfield player who enjoyed their second lowest number of touches (37) was Marcus Rashford. "It's a defeat, we don't like defeats", the England global told But no excuses we felt good physically, we felt good mentally. United did start well, with Daniel James getting in behind on several occasions.

"I think as a whole team we started well but we were lacking a bit of end product and the quality at the end", said Solskjaer. We have to be looking after 20 to 25 games and showing a vast improvement from last season to really say we've turned a corner. We showed them wide, kept them on their weaker feet and fortunately I think we limited them to not many shots'.

They did raise the tempo in the closing stages, with Mason Greenwood hitting the post immediately after coming on as a substitute but, in the end, United were blown off course again.

Continuing with an injury update, he added: "I will still be under plaster for ten days", he said. It can get a team over the line for a narrow win even if they're not performing at their best.

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