‘We were like a punch-drunk boxer!’: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer tells his Manchester United players to take inspiration from TYSON FURY to turn their season around, after being too ‘frantic’ against Liverpool
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has faced huge criticism in the wake of the Liverpool loss
- The United boss compared United’s poor start last week to boxer Tyson Fury
- Solskjaer said his players must show Fury’s ‘composure’ when knocked down
- Manchester United travel to face Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday evening
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has compared his Man United side’s shocking first-half display against Liverpool to Tyson Fury being knocked down against Deontay Wilder.
The United boss has been under immense pressure since the 5-0 defeat to their fierce rivals on Sunday, where they were 4-0 down at half-time.
The Red Devils travel to Tottenham for another huge clash on Saturday and speaking at his pre-match press conference, Solskjaer insisted his players must show some of Fury’s ‘composure’ under pressure in the face of huge criticism.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer faced the media ahead of Man United’s clash against Spurs tomorrow
The Utd boss said his team should look at Tyson Fury and his ‘composure’ when knocked down
‘The performance wasn’t acceptable. I’ve used the analogy – it felt like a boxer being punched drunk, being knocked out in the first minutes, first round,’ he said.
‘We went too open and too frantic against a good team, you see Tyson Fury when he gets knocked down. It’s remarkable how composed he is when he gets knocked down, maybe we went too early.
‘We have to be better, we have to be up front and honest and the communication has to be direct.’
Solskjaer – who has a fully-fit squad to choose from tomorrow with just Paul Pogba missing out due to suspension – added that his team have trained well in what has been a ‘difficult week.’
‘The players are proper professionals, good people, they do their best,’ the Norwegian said.
United were shellshocked against Liverpool but will hope to bounce back at Tottenham
‘The environment in and around the place, we have loads of respect for each other. When you’re criticised you get into the trenches with your team-mates.
‘It’s always about getting through with togetherness, self-belief – it’s about sticking together, and that’s what we’ve done.
‘It’s been a difficult week of course. We’ve had to deal with the result and performance against Liverpool which we know wasn’t good enough. We have to deal with it, that’s why we’re in this game.
‘You have to look forward to the next game. We’ve had a good week on the training field, I have to say that.’
Asked if he had spoken to Sir Alex Ferguson this week and whether he believed could come this rough patch the way his old manager once did, he said: ‘Yes, on both accounts, if that’s short and sweet.
‘We had a commercial day and Sir Alex came in to do some stuff. I met and spoke with him for a brief moment because he was in there with Cristiano [Ronaldo].
Solskjaer revealed he spoke briefly with United legend Sir Alex Ferguson this week
‘I’ve been through some very bad moments as a player here and when I’ve been a manager I’ve dealt with setbacks.
‘There have been two or three crises at least since I became manager here and one thing I can say is I’ll always give it a good shot and fight back.
‘It’s been a difficult week, of course. We’ve had to deal with the result and performance against Liverpool which we know wasn’t good enough and that’s something that footballers have to deal with.
‘That’s why we’re in this game. You have to look forward to the next game, and when you get to that next game sort it out and challenge the problems. We’ve had a good week on the training field.’
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