Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: Man Utd boss given Everton flashback after draw at Sheffield United
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confessed components of Manchester United’s 3-3 draw at Sheffield United evoked memories of the 4-0 defeat he suffered at Everton last season, but praised the manner in which his players reacted at Bramall Lane.
Manchester United stared a defeat of season in the face goals in either half of John Fleck and Lys Mousset moved the newly-promoted Blades to within 18 minutes of the next Premier League scalp.
But unlike the crushing defeat at Goodison Park of April, the side of Solskjaer created a stirring comeback since Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood and Brandon Williams all scored in the space of seven minutes because Manchester United closed onto the unlikeliest of victories.
Oli McBurnie’s 90th-minute equaliser denied them but Solskjaer had no option but to draw the borders with parts of this operation informs the Manchester United manager of the lowest point of his sanity at the club.
“It was a really poor performance,” Solskjaer said. “I was thinking back to Everton, since that group gave up. But this team didn’t. To turn it was a great answer to acquire in the boys.
“We played badly in the first half, did not win any challenges, so we didn’t stick to what we’d intended, but to be able to shake those first-half anxieties away when you’re 2-0 down rather than give up was good.
“You do not expect gamers to contribute up, but last year we did and this season we did not. So there’s a large gap in that respect.
“The overriding atmosphere is optimistic, though the huge part of the sport is unfavorable, and we’re disappointed with that. But that’s football for you.
“To possess the personality to stick in there and then turn it was fantastic and in the long run, we’re disappointed not to hold onto the lead.”
Solskjaer was keen to emphasise that the marked altered in mentality from the squad that he inherited to the one in his disposal now, including:”Sometimes football is beyond strategies. The difference in the team this season when as opposed to last is enormous.
“They never provide in. Last year we would have now gone five or four down instead of coming back. We’d not have been able to return.”
On the scoresheet all with Greenwood Williams and Rashford, the United comeback comprised three objectives from gamers aged 22 or under to the first time since April 1996, when David Beckham, Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs found the goal.
And Solskjaer hopes the lesson his young squad endured in Bramall Lane will serve them in good stead.
“The boys may have learned a lesson from the initial 71 moments, and from there on the 95th minute,” Solskjaer added.
“We had to really go to it at the second half and place a different attacker on. I could have shifted all 11 players besides David de Gea because he kept us in it.
“We attracted young players on, Brandon and Mason scored. The biggest aspect of it was how they had the personality to stay in the match and turn it about.”
Sky Sports pundit Graeme Souness said their showing couldn’t balance out, also was critical of the performance of Manchester United.
“The huge majority of times, when they move 2-0 down, they are not getting back in the game,” he said. “Sheffield United place so much effort into the first 70 minutes, recall they have only got promoted.
“They turned up like a team of large heads, turning and enjoying a game of football rather than needing to go to war. No one will come to the stadium and find a result if that’s a standard performance from them unless they are prepared to dig “