Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has slammed his players following their 1-1 draw with relegated Fulham and has raised concerns about their form ahead of the Europa League final.
A win against the Cottagers would have confirmed the Red Devils as Premier League runners-up to rivals Manchester City.
Edinson Cavani’s stunning long-range lob handed United the lead just 15 minutes into the game, which was played in front of 10,000 supporters at Old Trafford.
It was the Uruguayan’s 16th goal of the season and is another milestone in an impressive campaign. United recently exercised a one-year extension to the deal Cavani signed when he arrived on a free transfer following his release by Paris Saint-Germain.
But United failed to see the game through and a poor run of form continues ahead of the Europa League showdown against Villarreal on May 26.
“Maybe it’s because the crowd came in and we wanted to entertain them. It would be more entertaining if we played properly and scored goals.
Solskjaer has also raised concerns about his side’s form. They finish their Premier League campaign against Wolves on Sunday before attempting to win their first trophy in four years against Villarreal.
The former United striker believes his squad should be playing well ahead of the final in Poland.
Asked if he had worries about their plight, Solskjaer said: “Very much so because we’ve lost eight points in a period we should be bouncing, going into the next game looking forward to it, looking forward to the final, going into it confident.
“We need to sort a few things out. Stop trying to be the world beater and play as a team.
“We know that we are at the end of the season. We’re tired.
“We need to get minutes into some [players], rest some. Because we need to be ready for the last game of the season – that’s the most important one now.”
Published at Tue, 18 May 2021 20:39:00 +0000